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The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to Their Younger Selvesby Sarah Moon
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Life-saving letters from a glittering wishlist of top authors.
If you received a letter from your older self, what do you think it would say? What do you wish it would say?
That the boy you were crushing on in History turns out to be gay too, and that you become boyfriends in college? That the bully who is making your life miserable will one day become so insignificant that you won't remember his name until he shows up at your book signing?
In this anthology, sixty-three award-winning authors such as Michael Cunningham, Amy Bloom, Jacqueline Woodson, Gregory Maguire, David Levithan, and Armistead Maupin make imaginative journeys into their pasts, telling their younger selves what they would have liked to know then about their lives as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgendered people. Through stories, in pictures, with bracing honesty, these are words of love and understanding, reasons to hold on for the better future ahead. They will tell you things about your favorite authors that you never knew before. And they will tell you about yourself.
"In a thoughtful, humorous, and moving collection of letters and comics (not all seen by PW), 64 queer authors and artists tell 'their younger selves what they could do to make their lives a little better, a little lighter.' Though largely hopeful, these correspondences often include painful references to bullying, self-harm, feelings of isolation, and thoughts of suicide. Readers may be surprised by entries from contributors like Marion Dane Bauer and editor Arthur Levine, who remember growing up in a world that depicted gay people as perverts ('I may as well be one of those inverts you once saw pictured in an old psychology book,' writes Richard McCann). But the stories are also frequently funny, as the authors tell of successful careers ('you get to be friends with some of your heroes,' writes Gregory Maguire. 'Like oh not to name names but like Maurice Sendak! I know!'), friendships, marriages, sex lives, and repaired relationships with parents. Read together, the letters become a powerful refrain. Jacqueline Woodson concludes hers by writing, 'The world is big — and there is so much love in it. I promise you — you will find it.' Ages 14 — up. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Sarah Moon is a teacher, writer, and translator. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
James Lecesne is an actor, writer, and activist. His Academy Awardwinning short film, Trevor, inspired the founding of The Trevor Project (www.thetrevorproject.org).
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