Fade by Robert Cormier (1988) is a novel directed at a young adult audience. It tackles many issues relevant to adolescents. The book opens with Paul Moreaux, the thirteen-year-old protagonist, confronting issues such as sexuality, incest, the Ku Klux Klan, teen bullying, guilt, loneliness, prejudice, shame, and psychosis for the first time. The story spans fifty years, through Paul’s death, and presents other issues such as murder, union scabs, violence, adultery, the abuse of power, child and domestic abuse, truth versus fiction, morality, and religious beliefs. The novel is divided into five parts, which are told from three different points of view.
By: Robert Cormier