The Boy Who Really, Really Wanted to Have Sex: Memoir of a Fat Kid

By John McNally

“Virtuosic McNally nails all the classic adolescent male tropes.”  



In his first memoir, John McNally gives readers and honest and often mischievous look at his working-class childhood in midwestern America. This intimate glimpse into McNally’s family takes readers through two states, five grade schools, 210 pounds, and a lifetime of insecurity. Like Dickens’s David Copperfield, McNally hopes to be the hero of his own story, but unlike David Copperfield, he is a fat boy who breaks kids’ noses in karate and has fantasies of living in a nudist camp with his kindergarten teacher. From an explosive night in an Illinois trailer park to a tumultuous father-son bonding at an endless stream of flee markets, McNally gives the skinny on life as a fat kid. Hilarious and poignant, McNally shows readers that, in the end, remembering one’s bitter past can, in fact, be sweet.


Binding: Paper
ISBN: 9780996864954
Pages: 192
Price: $16.00

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John McNally

John McNally is the author of three novels, After the Workshop, America’s Report Card, and The Book of Ralph; one YA novel, Lord of the Ralphs; and two story collections, Troublemakers and Ghosts of Chicago. John’s work has appeared in over a hundred publications, including The Washington Post, The Sun, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. A native of Chicago’s southwest suburb Burbank, John divides his time between Lafayette, Louisiana, where he is a writer-in-residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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