A boy's own story: Boy's Own Story Series, Book 1

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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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"An extraordinary novel" about growing up gay in the 1950s American Midwest (The New York Times Book Review).
Critically lauded upon its initial publication in 1982 for its pioneering depiction of homosexuality, A Boy's Own Story is a moving tale about coming-of-age in midcentury America.
With searing clarity and unabashed wit, Edmund White's unnamed protagonist yearns for what he knows to be shameful. He navigates an uneasy relationship with his father, confounds first loves, and faces disdain from his peers at school. In the embrace of another, he discovers the sincere and clumsy pleasures of adolescent sexuality. But for boys in the 1950s, these desires were unthinkable. Looking back on his experiences, the narrator notes, "I see now that what I wanted was to be loved by men and to love them back but not to be a homosexual."
From a winner of the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature, this trailblazing autobiographical story of one boy's youth is a moving, tender, and heartbreaking portrait of what it means to grow up.

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