Coming of age in rural 1930s America with X-ray vision, the power to stop bullets, and the ability to fly isn’t exactly every boy’s story. So just how did Clark Kent, a shy farmer’s son, grow up to be the Man of Steel? Follow young Clark’s whirlwind journey from Kansas to New York City’s Daily Planet. This ace reporter is not the only person leading a double life in a teeming metropolis, just the only one able to leap tall buildings in a single bound—a skill that comes in handy when battling powerful criminal masterminds like scheming Lex Luthor and fascist robots. But can Clark’s midwestern charm save the day and win the heart of stunning, seen-it-all newspaperwoman Lois Lane? Or is that a job for Superman?
Tom De Haven is the author of eight novels, including the Derby Dugan trilogy and the nonfiction book Our Hero: Superman on Earth. A frequent contributor to The New York Times, he lives in Virginia and teaches creative writing at Virginia Commonwealth University.
“Delightful . . . fills in the early years of its hero with energy and imagination.”—The New York Times Book Review
“With cheeky aplomb, luscious period details, and a generous affection for his characters, [Tom] De Haven accomplishes his own kind of superhuman feat—[he] fashions a stylish, rollicking good yarn from the legend of the Man of Steel.”—The Boston Globe