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An award-winning panorama of Cincinnati, Ohio, not six years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, zeroes in on a black boy and a Jewish boy in first love and trouble.

292 pages. Autographed softcover. 2008



In this Lambda Literary Award-winning debut, the course of growing up in just-this-side-of-segregation 1970s Cincinnati, Ohio, seems predictable if uninspiring for Cliffy Douglas. That is, until the deadbeat father of this gifted 13-year-old kid from the Findlater Gardens Projects appears out of nowhere. The real fun and trouble begin when Noah, a Jewish boy he meets in junior high school, takes him on a joyride to lust and love.

292 pages. Available in softcover and e-book. 2008

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“[Finlater] is a winner, thanks to the spare, deeply affecting writing of Ruff, a New York City short-story writer who has penned a unique and arresting novel about two boys in love.” —Beth Greenfield, Time Out New York
“[Told is the] finely tuned story of Cliffy, a 13-year-old Black boy from the housing projects who discovers his burgeoning homosexuality with Noah, a middle-class Jewish classmate from the right side of [the] tracks.” —Emily Drabinski, OUT Magazine
“Finlater is unique, hard-hitting, and emotionally charged… simply put, this is brilliant writing.” —Jim Piechota, San Francisco Bay Area Reporter
“It’s the beginning of a love affair that pulls us deep inside their hormone-charged dance of discovery and desire. The sex is as tender and green as spring growth in an asparagus patch.” —Jim Bartley, Xtra Canada
“Attempts to recreate the voices of young African Americans wrestling with their sexuality remain sadly rare. Author Shawn Stewart Ruff has done it here with apparent ease.” —Reginald Harris, Lambda Literary Foundation