Review by keighahr.wordpress.com:
American culture is famously obsessed with youth, and for that reason the story of Peter Pan, the leader of Neverland’s Lost Boys who never grow up, has become one of our most popular myths, despite its British origin. Xane J Fisher’s short story “BoyzNite” contains several allusions to Peter Pan, but the story is a critique rather than a celebration of this myth. Rather than uplifting and liberating, the quest for eternal youth is shown to be futile, and in the end, abusive.
The narrator, who remains anonymous until near the end of the story, is a mid-twenties law student who views the return to his father’s house in Washington state like a visit to a comfortably familiar bed and breakfast. He and his brother make arrangements with male friends from their youth, who do not have a single successful adult career among them, for a party. A friend texts a question about bringing girls; the narrator knows where this suggestion is headed, yet is too enamored with the thought of reuniting with his boyhood chums to heed his warning.
As the evening descends into debauchery, he attempts to flee, only to encounter another friend from middle-school, who forces him to confront his disgust, and realize that he and his friends have purchased their entertainment at the expense of ruined lives, from people who can’t afford to live a fantasy of eternal youth. The narrator’s shame feels genuine, but also somehow temporary, perhaps easily forgotten the moment he recovers from the hangover he will certainly experience the following morning.
“BoyzNite” moves at a brisk pace, and Fisher provides enough detail about the narrator’s background and home town of Piedmont to make the setting seem real. It is that rare gem of a story that is strongly moral without being moralistic — a highly entertaining and insightful work.
Author: Xane J. Fisher
Publisher: Royal James Publishing
Release Date: August 1, 2016
Law school wonder student Ian Peters chronicles his first night home for the summer in Piedmont, Washington. What starts with a pleasant drive up the Pacific Northwest Coast leads him into a night of self discovery, contemplative self-assessment, and ultimately the question of what kind of man does he want to be? Along the way, he reconnects with friends, family, and an old flame who changes his world forever.
What started as a typical night of partying quickly becomes BoyzNite.