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by John McNally


John McNally is the author of two novels, The Book of Ralph and America's Report Card, and a short story collection, Troublemakers. His next book, Ghosts of Chicago, a collection of short stories, will be published this fall.

John McNally is the author of two novels, The Book of Ralph and America's Report Card, and a short story collection, Troublemakers. A native of Chicago, he lives with his wife, Amy, in North Carolina, where he is associate professor of English at Wake Forest University.

John McNally is the author of three novels (After the Workshop, America's Report Card and The Book of Ralph) and two story . Discover new books on Goodreads. See if your friends have read any of John McNally's books.

John McNally is the author of three novels (After the Workshop, America's Report Card and The Book of Ralph) and two story collections (Ghosts of Chicago. John McNally’s Followers (81).

The Book of Ralph book. All of us need a Ralph in our lives. John McNally, acclaimed author of Troublemakers, deftly portrays the astonishing, sometimes terrifying world of adolescence in 1970s America: The adult world becomes increasingly untrustworthy, the economy plummets, and families seem to be falling apart, yet the two boys manage to create their own small moments of transcendence.

All of us need a Ralph in our lives. Hank Boyd, a solid B+ student, a good kid, wants eighth grade to be his special year. But when Ralph, a troublemaker who's failed both the third and fifth grades, starts thinking that he and Hank are best friends, Hank's year becomes an odyssey that is as frightening as it is hilarious.

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John McNally is the author of three novels (After the Workshop, America's Report Card and The Book of Ralph) and two story collections (Ghosts of Chicago and Troublemakers)

John McNally is the author of three novels (After the Workshop, America's Report Card and The Book of Ralph) and two story collections (Ghosts of Chicago and Troublemakers). He also writes screenplays and held a Chesterfield Writer's Film Project fellowship, sponsored by Paramount Pictures.

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As in his critically acclaimed novel The Book of Ralph, McNally dazzles with characters like Jainey O'Sullivan - a . John McNally tells the story of two unlucky people who forge an improbable yet possibly life-saving connection in a world overshadowed by the Patriot Act and No Child Left Behind - a world in which hulking government bureaucracies and vast corporations join forces to numb the populace into apathy with various standardization and surveillance programs.

Author of AFTER THE WORKSHOP, GHOSTS OF CHICAGO, AMERICA'S REPORT CARD, THE BOOK OF RALPH, and TROUBLEMAKERS - all fiction. Also author of THE CREATIVE WRITER'S SURVIVAL GUIDE: ADVICE FROM AN UNREPENTANT NOVELIST. My next book, VIVID AND CONTINUOUS: ESSAYS AND EXERCISES FOR WRITING FICTION, will be published by University of Iowa Press in 2013. I work, breathe, and pay taxes.

All of us need a Ralph in our lives. Chicago, 1978. Hank Boyd, a solid B+ student, a good kid, wants eighth grade to be his special year. But when Ralph, an oddball troublemaker who ' s been held back twice, gets the idea that he and Hank are pals, Hank's year devolves into an odyssey as frightening as it is hilarious. John McNally, acclaimed author of Troublemakers, deftly portrays the astonishing, sometimes terrifying world of adolescence in 1970s America: The adult world becomes increasingly untrustworthy, the economy plummets, and families seem to be falling apart, yet the two boys manage to create their own small moments of transcendence. At once wary and full of wonder, Hank and Ralph will win your heart with their outrageous, poignant, and occasionally scary antics - and they will teach you something about the ties that bind us together, hold us back, and redeem us.
Mori
A very engaging read for sure, never boring and usually laugh out loud funny. This is coming from someone who mostly just chuckles on occasion, but The Book of Ralph really had me throwing my head back and laughing. On the flip side, this is a really poignant and well told story of a boy going through a unique coming-of-age process centered around his family and a troublemaker named Ralph. It's written in very readable english and could even work for some younger readers I think. McNally is actually republishing it in a revised version targeted at younger audiences. My biggest gripe is some of the structuring of the book's different parts, but it doesn't take too much away overall. Like I said, the book is never boring and is one of the funniest reads I've ever experienced.
Defolosk
This is a fantastic read--a real page-turner. Congratulations to John McNally for being a gifted storyteller and for putting this collection together in an interesting and creative manner. He has presented a true time capsule complete with scenery, music, language and costume.

Ralph is the boy we all knew--an attention hound dressed in a flannel shirt, who spent a lot of time in the school hallways on his way to the dean's office. Hank, however, who tells his stories from the gray, "who am I" world of suburban Chicago in the 70s, is the boy who faded into the woodwork. He's the boy who was up for anything to make his world a little more exciting and often didn't have a choice when it came to dealing with his eccentric father and, of course, Ralph. Each character, including Hank's sister Kelly and even the lady next door, Mrs. Rybecki, who suffers from Tourette's syndrome, are keenly developed and highly entertaining.

When we meet Hank in the future, he's like the guy at your 25th class reunion who everyone wants to know. Even though he's down on his luck and must resort to a life in Ralph's domain, he's interesting, good looking sensitive and . . . funny. Somehow you just know that everything is A-OK with Hank.

I loved this book.

Michele Cozzens is the author of It's Not Your Mother's Bridge Club.
Fenius
You know a book is successful when you find yourself having a hard time putting it down. That's exactly how successful John McNally's "The Book of Ralph" is. Once I started reading it, I was hooked. I knew there was no turning back, and to be honest, I liked that. It's only a matter of time before these very pages began to turn themselves without any consent from me.
"The Book of Ralph" is a collection of stories that revolve around two characters, Hank and Ralph. Hank is a smart and good kid--a straight shooter. Ralph is a delinquent with a criminal record. Even though the two couldn't be bigger opposites of each other, the two are friends. They get thrown into some of the craziest, most humorous, and disturbing situations while trying to survive the eighth grade. With a buddy like Ralph, you just never know where you'll end up.
While these are a collection of stories, "The Book of Ralph" reads very much like a novel. The stories are in perfect order and flow very much like the chapters you'd find in a regular novel. The book is separated in three sections: The Present (the majority of the book), The Past, and The Future (which is all one big story that is much darker and more unpredictable than any of the other stories). And even though all of these stories tie into one another, each one is a living and breathing organism that can stand on its own.
What really impressed me about this book was how clever and funny the writing is. It's very straight to the point and never drags on. You never feel bored and you never know what's going to happen next. The characters are very animated, but at the same time have a very human quality to them that makes them real. Every character is worth getting to know and they make the stories that much better. McNally knows exactly how to execute each of these stories in an entertaining and fascinating way.
The best stories, in my opinion, occur in the beginning (which is in the "Present" section). Reading about Hank dressing up as Gene Simmons on Halloween and Ralph becoming a thug for hire with a list that shows the cost of certain inflictions of pain he can make happen is only a taste of some of the crazy and unforgettable moments that will stay in your head. While I really enjoyed the last portion of the book (the "Future" section), the tone was much different from the rest of the book, leaning more towards the darker route. I had a hard time trying to remember that they were in fact grown-ups at that point, as I was so used to getting to know them as kids. Still, it is all a very enjoyable read altogether and I don't think a wasted moment ever happened in this book.
"The Book of Ralph" is a fantastic read that really kept my attention the entire time. I couldn't wait to finish it and I was sad to see the journey end. It's definitely something I will be rereading again. If you're looking for fiction that is funny, sad, sometimes disturbing, and darkly outrageous, then this is something you should consider picking up. John McNally has created very memorable tales about childhood woes and obstacles, and so much more. -Michael Crane
Low_Skill_But_Happy_Deagle
Chicago based, enjoyable
Kanrad
THE BOOK OF RALPH is a gem, hilarious and profound and great fun, and Mr. McNally gets every detail just right. The description of "Peacock Alley" on page 83 of the paperback, with its incense, strobe lights and fringe vests, is worth the price of the book, writing as good as it gets. A must read.
roternow
I grew up in the neighborhood and in the 70's where this story takes place and it was so much fun to relive my childhood with Ralph.
Hawk Flying
My son needed to read this book for school. It was an easy read for him. It had diffrent stories . It didn't take him long to finish
This book takes place in the neighborhood where I grew up. Brought back a lot of memories of all the old places. I really enjoyed it.
The Book of Ralph: A Novel ebook
Author:
John McNally
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Contemporary
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Free Press; Reprint edition (April 19, 2005)
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304 pages
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4.6
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