Never the Same Again, Gerald Tesch
First edition, first printing of this uncommon bildungsroman, written by Jerry Tschappat under the name Gerald Tesch. The novel revolves around Johnny Parish, a thirteen-year-old Midwestern boy, portraying his experiences during a pivotal summer where he develops a close relationship with Roy, a thirty-year-old gas station attendant. As the story unfolds, their controversial connection leads to unexpected consequences when the court and the town become aware of their bond.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1956. Publisher's original quarter cloth over patterned paper boards; pp. 318. A near fine copy in a very good, unclipped dust jacket. Binding remains sturdy and square, light wear to spine tips, minor foxing to edge of text block, internally clean. Jacket shows a bit of shelfwear with chipping at extremities, protected in archival mylar.