The Stardust Lounge: Stories from a Boy's Adolescence
The author, a poet, is also mother to two sons. The older one, Charles, was a good kid. This book is not much about him. The younger one, Stephen, was a bad kid — stealing cars, hanging with a gang. This book is much about his creative specialness, and the very creative, special way Digges embraced her boy’s badass wildness, even if it meant busting up her second marriage and living in a house like a ”war zone,” overrun with stray animals. What doesn’t fit her poet’s view is the possibility that the dithery, nonjudgmental baby boomerism with which a mother thinks everything is okay may be what drives a kid to gun-waving fury. That Charles, now grown, chooses to live in Russia might make a good topic for book-group discussion.