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It’s early May in 1956 in the small South Alabama town of Farmington, and eleven year old Bobby Crosby’s life is about to change forever. He’s still anguishing over the death of his father even though it’s been five years, and he’s come to despise the life centered around his mother’s cafe, a place that turns into the revelrous hot spot of the community when the sun goes d It’s early May in 1956 in the small South Alabama town of Farmington, and eleven year old Bobby Crosby’s life is about to change forever. He’s still anguishing over the death of his father even though it’s been five years, and he’s come to despise the life centered around his mother’s cafe, a place that turns into the revelrous hot spot of the community when the sun goes down. Bobby escapes his real world by sitting every night in the local movie theater, third row left down front. There, alone in the dark, he leaves Farmington far behind and melts into the world of the silver screen. Bobby’s best friend is Hucker Nolan, a twenty-two year old drop-out from the swamps across the tracks who drives a taxicab in the daytime and works concession at the movie theater at night. Now, Bobby’s world seems to be collapsing and there’s nothing he can do to stop it; his mother has a boyfriend Bobby desperately resents and his feelings for Hucker are confusing and ever changing, often filled with anger and jealousy Bobby doesn’t understand. Then, the worst thing possible happens to Bobby— he’s betrayed by the person he trusts the most.


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It’s early May in 1956 in the small South Alabama town of Farmington, and eleven year old Bobby Crosby’s life is about to change forever. He’s still anguishing over the death of his father even though it’s been five years, and he’s come to despise the life centered around his mother’s cafe, a place that turns into the revelrous hot spot of the community when the sun goes d It’s early May in 1956 in the small South Alabama town of Farmington, and eleven year old Bobby Crosby’s life is about to change forever. He’s still anguishing over the death of his father even though it’s been five years, and he’s come to despise the life centered around his mother’s cafe, a place that turns into the revelrous hot spot of the community when the sun goes down. Bobby escapes his real world by sitting every night in the local movie theater, third row left down front. There, alone in the dark, he leaves Farmington far behind and melts into the world of the silver screen. Bobby’s best friend is Hucker Nolan, a twenty-two year old drop-out from the swamps across the tracks who drives a taxicab in the daytime and works concession at the movie theater at night. Now, Bobby’s world seems to be collapsing and there’s nothing he can do to stop it; his mother has a boyfriend Bobby desperately resents and his feelings for Hucker are confusing and ever changing, often filled with anger and jealousy Bobby doesn’t understand. Then, the worst thing possible happens to Bobby— he’s betrayed by the person he trusts the most.

29 review for Goodbye, Saturday Night

  1. 4 out of 5

    Diverse

    Talk about a book that took me by surprise and on a ride. Goodbye, Saturday Night by Thomas Conner is extremely engrossing. This utterly emotional tale of discovery was charming, gut wrenching. and even suspenseful in a sense. Being gay in the 1950's was hard enough, being gay in the 50's in the deep south was a horse of a different color. I loved the fact that the span of this book was just a few days and that I wasn't inundated with an insane amount of characters. Bobby, the MC of the story, is Talk about a book that took me by surprise and on a ride. Goodbye, Saturday Night by Thomas Conner is extremely engrossing. This utterly emotional tale of discovery was charming, gut wrenching. and even suspenseful in a sense. Being gay in the 1950's was hard enough, being gay in the 50's in the deep south was a horse of a different color. I loved the fact that the span of this book was just a few days and that I wasn't inundated with an insane amount of characters. Bobby, the MC of the story, is eleven and the changes and overcoming he has to go through int this book left me breathless at times. My heart ached for the young boy. Eleven is a tough age. He lost his father, hates his mother's new boyfriend, and his best friend is a twenty-two year old guy (Hucker Nolan) who works at the movie theater that Bobby considers to be his haven from the internal turmoil in his life. This is a tale of evolution, Bobby's, and even though we only go through a few days it feels like a lifetime. This is an extremely well written journey. I absolutely recommend it and commend the author for writing an extraordinary story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Book Banshee

    My imagination feasted on the words in R’Lee R. Coffey’s Broken Soul; book one in the Broken, Battered, and Bruised Trilogy. So much so, that by the time I had reached the last page of the book all I could say was ‘WOW!’ I haven’t felt as invigorated to read in months, and suddenly, I wanted to stay up all night reading whatever I could. I wanted to devour every word I possibly could to keep the flame in my imagination burning. I was completely lost to the world Coffey had created; the creatures, My imagination feasted on the words in R’Lee R. Coffey’s Broken Soul; book one in the Broken, Battered, and Bruised Trilogy. So much so, that by the time I had reached the last page of the book all I could say was ‘WOW!’ I haven’t felt as invigorated to read in months, and suddenly, I wanted to stay up all night reading whatever I could. I wanted to devour every word I possibly could to keep the flame in my imagination burning. I was completely lost to the world Coffey had created; the creatures, the romance, the action, and the mystery …. it was all so captivating. The story flow was phenomenal it pulled me in so hard that there was no pause for ocular reprieve, I didn’t want to blink for fear of missing out. This truly was an amazing book, especially for those of you who love paranormal reads. The introduction of new creatures was a little hard to follow, as they were rattled off by the main character, but just as soon as the moment appeared to question who was who – or what was what actually, it was all explained in such detail I couldn’t mistake their characteristic traits.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    In Goodbye, Saturday Night, Conner took me so deep into the U.S. south that I could smell the honeysuckle I knew from my own early years below the Mason Dixon line. He walked me down the dusty streets of a small country town and introduced me to the characters who people that world, and he did it so gently that the depth of feeling, and the influences of the story line on the characters lives, found their way into my heart before I knew it was happening. Conner weaves richness into his characters In Goodbye, Saturday Night, Conner took me so deep into the U.S. south that I could smell the honeysuckle I knew from my own early years below the Mason Dixon line. He walked me down the dusty streets of a small country town and introduced me to the characters who people that world, and he did it so gently that the depth of feeling, and the influences of the story line on the characters lives, found their way into my heart before I knew it was happening. Conner weaves richness into his characters, depicting equally well the soft-spoken understatements of an easy-going southern farmer and the acerbic humor of an African American kitchen worker in the days when "black folk" had to sit at the back of the theater. Sit back. Relax. And let Conner transport you to a time and place that is deceptive in its simplicity and universal in its understanding of humanity.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Faerie_Kaelie

    An uncomfortable read about an extremely young boy (i.e., a child) who becomes infatuated with his best friend who happens to be twice his age. It presents an awkward narrative of child-sexualisation, and ends with said child sexually assaulting (unwanted touch) his older friend who had explicitly stated that he in no way will return Bobby’s romantic feelings. Another problematic undertone is the blatant misogyny smeared across the pages from start to finish. A poor representation of the lgbt co An uncomfortable read about an extremely young boy (i.e., a child) who becomes infatuated with his best friend who happens to be twice his age. It presents an awkward narrative of child-sexualisation, and ends with said child sexually assaulting (unwanted touch) his older friend who had explicitly stated that he in no way will return Bobby’s romantic feelings. Another problematic undertone is the blatant misogyny smeared across the pages from start to finish. A poor representation of the lgbt community and overall a ratty read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lorna

    This was a good read. At times when an accent or dialect comes into play it can jar you out of the story. Not so here. The author's easy style of writing makes for smooth reading. You got the feel of being there in Alabama in the 50's, not just with the movie and music references, though that was a nice touch. While the main character, Bobby, annoyed me at times, (he is young and angry), it didn't stop me from reading until the wee hours of the morning. This was a good read. At times when an accent or dialect comes into play it can jar you out of the story. Not so here. The author's easy style of writing makes for smooth reading. You got the feel of being there in Alabama in the 50's, not just with the movie and music references, though that was a nice touch. While the main character, Bobby, annoyed me at times, (he is young and angry), it didn't stop me from reading until the wee hours of the morning.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Paula Genereau

    Wow. What a great book. I loved this story. It's a story of hate, loss, friends and betrayal. Bobbys world is lost when he looses his father. He finds friendship with a guy that works at the movies. Which helps Bobby escape everything by watching movies every night. When someone close betrays him what will happen next? Wow. What a great book. I loved this story. It's a story of hate, loss, friends and betrayal. Bobbys world is lost when he looses his father. He finds friendship with a guy that works at the movies. Which helps Bobby escape everything by watching movies every night. When someone close betrays him what will happen next?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Annette Pugh

    Very Good Book This book brought back a lot of pleasant memories of this part of Florida and Alabama. I loved the characters and Mr. Coroner's style of writing. I'm looking forward to his next book! This book is right up there with "To Kill A Mocking Bird". Very Good Book This book brought back a lot of pleasant memories of this part of Florida and Alabama. I loved the characters and Mr. Coroner's style of writing. I'm looking forward to his next book! This book is right up there with "To Kill A Mocking Bird".

  8. 4 out of 5

    David Scheffer

    The author did a great job getting the feel and authenticity of growing up in the 50's. It was a nice read, but also challenging. This was unusual in that it told of the prejudices at the time for gay people and most books concern prejudice against non-whites. The author did a great job getting the feel and authenticity of growing up in the 50's. It was a nice read, but also challenging. This was unusual in that it told of the prejudices at the time for gay people and most books concern prejudice against non-whites.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Robin Leigh

    A totally engrossing and charming and emotional tale of a boy verging on discovering who he is through his family and friends, set in the Deep South of the 1950s. I could not believe that this tale only included a few days, and very few characters, and I followed every move and word with deep interest. Tom should be congratulated and then some for capturing the era, the mood, and my heart! Five stars, two thumbs up, and then some. <3

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sue Yancey

    I absolutely loved this book! I laughed and I cried. It was a book that was so hard to put down. Due to my lack of time because of my work schedule I couldn't read it quicker. When I got the chance I sat down and spent 2 hours finishing it. I sat with chills running up and down my body as I finished it. So, so good! Honestly it was the best book I've ever read. I highly recommend you reading this book! I absolutely loved this book! I laughed and I cried. It was a book that was so hard to put down. Due to my lack of time because of my work schedule I couldn't read it quicker. When I got the chance I sat down and spent 2 hours finishing it. I sat with chills running up and down my body as I finished it. So, so good! Honestly it was the best book I've ever read. I highly recommend you reading this book!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Conner

    I wrote the first draft of this book in 1979 after meeting Larry McMurtry. I brought the hand-written manuscript to California with me when I moved here in 1980, intending to buy a new electric typewriter and rewrite the book. That did not happen until January 2016 when I puled it out and began the rewrite. It has taken many years to finish the book. I hope you like it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nolan E Yaws

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    Carolyn A. Sullivan

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    Bonnie Bartel

  15. 5 out of 5

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  16. 5 out of 5

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  18. 5 out of 5

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  20. 4 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

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  23. 5 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

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    Josh Dale

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tresa

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