Synopses & Reviews
An instant classic upon its original publication, A Boy's Own Story
begins the highly acclaimed trilogy of autobiographical novels that evoke a young man's coming-of-age and document American gay life during the past 40 years.
The nameless narrator in this deeply affecting work reminisces about growing up in the 1950s with emotionally aloof, divorced parents, an unrelenting sister, and the schoolmates who taunt him. He finds consolation in literature and his fantastic imagination. Eager to cultivate intimate, enduring friendships, he becomes aware of his yearning to be loved by men, and struggles with the guilt and shame of accepting who he is. Written with lyrical delicacy and extraordinary power, A Boy's Own Story is a triumph.
"With A Boy's Own Story American literature is larger by one classic novel." The Washington Post Book World
"Every so often a novel comes along that is so ambitious in its intention and so confident of its voice that it reminds us what a singular and potent thing a novel can be. One of these is A Boy's Own Story." San Francisco Chronicle
"Edmund White has crossed J. D. Salinger with Oscar Wilde to create an extraordinary novel." The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Edmund White's most recent novel, The Married Man, (0-375-40005-2) is available from Knopf. Mr. White lives in New York.