The Boys on the Rock

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The Boys on the Rock
1984 hardcover edition cover
Author John Fox
Country United States
Language English
Publisher St Martins Press (hardcover)
St Martins Griffin (paperback)
Publication date
1984 (hardcover)
1994 (paperback)
Pages 146 pages (hardcover)
160 pages (paperback)
ISBN 0-312-09419-1
OCLC 10274692
813/.54 Fic 19
LC Class PS3556.O934 B6 1984

The Boys on the Rock is a short debut novel by John Fox which details the coming out and falling in love of a gay sixteen-year-old swimmer, nomine Billy Connors, who narrates the story in the first person. It is notable as perhaps the first novel ever to blend politics with the travails of a gay adolescent.


Set in the Bronx against the historical backdrop of United States Senator Eugene McCarthy's unsuccessful bid to become the Democratic presidential candidate for the 1968 elections, the novel focuses on Connors's "rocky relationship that fared no better than McCarthy's campaign", in the words of critic Wayne Hoffman (author of the novel Hard), who described it in The Washington Post as a "classic".[1]


  • 1994 Stonewall Inn papeback edition

The popularity of Boys on the Rock is evidenced in the substantial quantity of editions to which it ran, having first been published in 1984 by St. Martin's Press in New York.

A Stonewall Inn paperback edition was published in 1994 by St. Martin Griffin.


  1. ^ Hoffman 2006.