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The Beet Fields
Memories of a Sixteenth Summer
For a sixteen-year-old boy out in the world alone for the first time, every day is an
education in the hard work and boredom of migrant labor; every day teaches him something more about friendship, or hunger, or
profanity, or lust — always lust. He learns how a poker game, or hitching a ride, can turn
deadly. He discovers the secret sadness and
generosity to be found on a lonely farm in the middle of nowhere. Then he joins up with
a carnival and becomes a grunt, running a ride and shilling for the geek show. He’s living
the hard carny life and beginning to see the
world through carny eyes. He’s tough. Cynical. By the end of the summer he’s pretty sure he knows it all. Until he meets Ruby.
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