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Cretin High School, located in Saint Paul, Minnesota was a Catholic, all-male, military academy that brought unique twists to the already difficult high school experience. Cretin Boys, as they were called, were subject to the oppression of both church and state as they navigated the diverse teaching styles of Christian Brothers, military instructors, and lay teachers. Cretin Boy looks at those menial first jobs, takes you dancing with a girl at that first high school formal, and peels down the street in a Corvette-on-loan with a teen at the wheel. It is a coming of age story with a military dress code, a coming to faith story while smoking in the boy’s room.


What people are saying about Cretin Boy:


“Jim Landwehr never disappoints, and Cretin Boy is no exception. This often times hilarious, just as often poignant, journey captures the nostalgia of the late 1970s and mingles it with timeless examples of how every young person strives to reach adulthood. Landwehr captures what makes us human at our weakest and at our best, in a way that touches on the divine beauty of truth. A must read for your emotional journey, Cretin Boy will leave you deeply moved, and smiling.”


--Summer Hanford, national and international Amazon best-selling author