When Sprout and his father move from Long Island to the midst of rural Kansas after the death of his mother, he is sure he will find no friends, no love, no beauty. But friends find him, the strangeness of the landscape fascinates him, and when love shows up in an unexpected place, Sprout realises that Kansas is not quite as empty as he thought it was going to be. An incredible, literary story of a boy who knows he is gay in a the town that seems to have no place for him to hide.
Teen-focused coming-of-age novel with gay protagonist by critically acclaimed writer writing back at his very best A tricky subject handled deftly and carefully, yet frankly and humorously, this compelling novel is by Dale Peck, doing what he does best
'Playful and plain-spoken ... at times, hilarious' Financial Times 'A touching tale ... Sprout comes from a long tradition of American writing about alienated teenagers (obvious ancestors are Huckleberry Finn and Holden Caulfield) to which it is a highly readable addition' 3SIXTY
Dale Peck is the American novelist and journalist who is known for his acerbic wit and uncompromising critical stance. His novel Martin and John was published to huge critical acclaim over fifteen years ago. Since then, Dale has published a very frank and moving memoir of his father, What We Lost, published by Granta. Dale lives in New York City.