Scholarship Boy

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Scholarship Boy: Meditations on Family and Race by Larry I. Palmer

About the book: In 1958, fourteen-year-old Larry Palmer left his parents and nine siblings at home in St. Louis and boarded a train to attend Phillips Exeter Academy. In Scholarship Boy Palmer reflects on his experiences as a young black boy growing up far from home, learning to fit into a white world without becoming estranged from his closely-knit family. The ninth of ten children, he illustrates the ways his sibling relationships shaped him as he was also being molded by his elite education. Palmer’s journey from being the “next-to-the-baby” of his family into adulthood reveals the personal and often hidden costs of cultural migration. —Paul Dry Books

Listen to a brief audio of Scholarship Boy. Listen Here (8 minutes 55 seconds)

Read an excerpt from Scholarship Boy in a recent issue of Blackbird.

Read the latest piece by Palmer, On Learning to Love the Sea“ that was cited as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2022.