William Luvaas is a distinguished novelist and short story writer, whose work has appeared in numerous prestigious literary magazines over the years. I reviewed his remarkable novel, Ashes Rain Down, on my earlier blog, The Buddha Diaries, back in December, 2014. "Boyhood Memories" is lucky to have his permission to publish this short story, in which he experiences an outbreak of sudden, irrational and violent terror in the rural area around his native Eugene, Oregon. In one sense, it's a "loss of innocence" story; in another, a personal memory of a moment in which a young boy is forced to confront his own vulnerability and fear, and to come out of it with the courage he suspected he might not have. It's also a story of loyalty and friendship, and of the adult's response in the form of a desire for vengeance. In short, a powerful and complex insight into the essence of boyhood experience.
Bill's new novel, Beneath the Coyote Hills, is out this fall. For Los Angeles area readers, there's a book launch and an opportunity to meet the author at Skylight Books on Sunday, September the 18th at 5:00PM.