This week in our Summer Fiction series: Christopher Boucher and his novel “Golden Delicious.”
On the one hand, it’s a straight-forward story about a boy growing up in western Massachusetts. But in Boucher’s fictional town of Appleseed, books grow in soil. The boy’s name is — on the printed page in front of you — an underline. The family pet is a sentence. The bad guys are bookworms and a band of mothers fly off to fight them.
Boucher grew up in Longmeadow, Mass., and now teaches English at Boston College.
Click the audio player above to hear New England Public Radio’s Jill Kaufman speak with Boucher. She asked him to explain the main character’s mother, Diane.
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