A boyhood remembered

kaufman hillIn his memoir, Kaufman’s Hill (Bancroft Press, 2015), author John C. Hampsey recalls his boyhood in Pittsburgh during the 1960s, before the counterculture revolution takes hold. Hampsey’s world is a mix of exhilarating freedom — because of absent parents, teachers, and priests — and imminent dangers. His middle-class Catholic neighborhood is dominated by bullies who often terrify him. He befriends the enigmatic, erratic, but charismatic Taddy Keegan. Hampsey focuses on uncovering the mystery of Taddy. Hampsey, who graduated from Boston College with a doctorate in English, is a professor at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. His stories and essays have been published in The Gettysburg Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Antioch Review, The Alaska Quarterly, The Boston Globe, Arizona Quarterly, European Romantic Review, Witness, Colby Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and McNeese Review.

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