(From the publisher):
Written with Saroyan's trademark clarity and compassion, Boys and Girls Together
is a richly comedic portrayal of a couple caught in the toils of marriage with children. A masterful novel of human folly, it focuses on the eagerness of men and women to be something other than themselves.
Saroyan is a startlingly honest writer with an uncluttered style and a uniquely distanced vision of American life. His work gave rise to a new word, "Saroyanesque," an influenced Jack Kerouac, among others.
In Boys and Girls Together, the hero is a writer who likes to gamble and loves his children. He is also confused over his often emotionless relationship with his restless, dissatisfied wife. In order to better understand her, he becomes involved with her friends, among them an aging film star and chic widow.
Saroyan's skill as a dramatic novelist is his ability to persuade his readers not only to accept, but to like his characters despite their obvious failings and weaknesses. The comic and pathetic natures of his protagonists are accepted when the reader realizes these are not only individual traits, but universal human attributes as well.
(from the publisher)
Original title: Boys and Girls Together
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction