The Greatest "Boston, Coming of age" Books of All Time

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The "Coming of age" category of books typically refers to stories that explore the transition from adolescence to adulthood. These books often focus on the challenges and experiences that young people face as they navigate the complexities of growing up, including issues such as identity, relationships, sexuality, and personal growth. Coming of age stories can be set in any time period or cultural context, and may feature protagonists of any gender, race, or background. Overall, the genre offers readers a glimpse into the universal struggles and triumphs of youth, and the process of becoming a fully realized adult.

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  1. 1. Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

    This novel is a historical fiction set in Boston during the early stages of the American Revolution. It follows the story of a young silversmith apprentice, whose life takes a dramatic turn after a crippling hand injury prevents him from continuing his craft. As he searches for a new purpose, he becomes involved with the Sons of Liberty, participating in pivotal events leading up to the American Revolution. Through his experiences, he encounters historical figures, faces moral dilemmas, and grows from a selfish adolescent into a patriotic young man, offering readers a vivid glimpse into the struggles and spirit of the time.

    The 4079th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol I and II by M.T. Anderson

    The book follows the life of Octavian, a young African American boy raised in a strange and secretive environment in Revolutionary-era Boston. He is brought up as part of a philosophical experiment by a group of rationalist scholars who seek to determine the intellectual capacity of Africans. As he matures, Octavian realizes the true nature of the experiment and the oppressive reality of his existence. His journey of self-discovery leads him to question the very foundations of the society that treats him as an object of study rather than a human being. As the American Revolution unfolds around him, Octavian is drawn into the chaotic struggle for independence, identity, and survival, challenging the notions of freedom and what it means to be a traitor to a nation built on the paradox of liberty and slavery.

    The 7041st Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. H. M. Pulham, Esquire by John P. Marquand

    The novel is a reflective account of the life of Harry Pulham, a middle-aged, conventional Bostonian who is prompted to examine his past and the choices he has made during the process of writing a Harvard class reunion biography. As he delves into his memories, he confronts his youthful ambitions, his experiences in World War I, and his complex relationships, particularly with a vivacious woman who challenged the conservative values of his upbringing. Through this introspection, Harry grapples with the realization that he has conformed to societal expectations at the expense of his own happiness, leading to a poignant exploration of the conflict between individual desires and societal pressures in early 20th-century America.

    The 7168th Greatest Book of All Time

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