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Originally published in 1982 as the first of Edmund White's trilogy of autobiographical novels, A Boy's Own Story became an instant classic for its pioneering portrayal of homosexuality. The book's unnamed narrator, growing up during the 1950s, is beset by aloof parents, a cruel sister, and relentless mocking from his peers, compelling him to seek out works of art and literature as solace-and to uncover new relationships in the struggle to embrace his own sexuality. Lyrical and poignant, with powerful evocations of shame and yearning, this is an American literary treasure.

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Edmund White, the author of thirteen books, has received, among other honors, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Genet: A Biography.

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coffeelover, August 18, 2014 (view all comments by coffeelover)
I loved this book, especially because of the author's use of diction and expressive imagery. It is a unique coming-of-age story told by a boy growing up in 1950s America, and documents his struggle to come to terms with his sexuality. This book emphasizes the social insecurities of a homosexual boy living in a conservative time. All in all, a great work and I would recommend it to those interested in LGBT fiction.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143114840
Author:
White, Edmund
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Coming of age
Subject:
Gay
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
Gay youth
Subject:
Literature-Coming of Age
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-Gay Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.88x5.02x.57 in. .35 lbs.
Age Level:
18-17

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