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In small-town America, a young adult novel about teen pregnancy is banned by the local school board, igniting a fierce and violent debate over abortion, religious beliefs, and modern feminism. Its directionless New York City author arrives in town to defend the book and finds that it has inspired a group of local teens to rebel in strange and unexpected ways. A timely and unforgettable drama about the failure of urban and heartland America to understand each other, The Metal Children explores what happens when fiction becomes a matter of life and death.
“[Rapp] shows an exuberant love for the written word . . . [He] tells stories that encase classical themes—class and envy, ambition and alienation—in blunt terms and in modern settings.”—Jesse McKinley, The New York Times
“An ambitious and prodigiously talented writer.”—Charles Isherwood, Variety
“[Rapp] displays a talent for comically urbane dialogue: His voice at times echoes distantly of Woody Allen's, at others of Sam Shepard's.”—Peter Marks, The Washington Post
“Rapp . . . is a gifted storyteller. He makes demands on his audience, and he rewards its close attention with depth and elegance.”—John Lahr, The New Yorker