NPR stories about American Boy
Matthew Garth is a teen growing up in small-town 1960s Minnesota. Rex Dunbar, the handsome, charismatic town doctor, has taken to schooling Matthew in medical matters. Things get complicated when the doctor is called to help Louisa, a young woman who was shot by her boyfriend. Louisa is taken in as a helper in the doctor's office — and Matthew becomes infatuated with her — which leads to conflict with Dr. Dunbar.
I loved how the roadblocks to adulthood play out among the characters.