He grew up in a small town in New England in the 1950's, watching lassie, going to church, getting straight A's at school, a scholar destined for success. But he already had a secret, and his public life with family and friends was already a constant round of ventriloquism as he played the joker and pretended to be the same as everyone else. For Paul Monette was gay.
BECOMING A MAN is about growing up gay, and about the tyranny and self denial of the closet - one man's struggle, for half his life, to come out. From the white-bread 1950's through the rebellious 1960's to the self-creating 1970's and beyond, it forms a passionately honest and unsparing account of the tortures of living a lie, a naked protrait of one man's fight for freedom in a time of ignorance and bigotry.
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A profound tale, wrenching as it is life-affirming, poetic as it is uncompromisingly real. ( VILLAGE VOICE)
A daring and heartbreaking memoir. ( BOSTON GLOBE)
Affirmative and ultimately celebratory. ( NEW YORK TIMES)
Everyone can learn about courage and self-discovery from BECOMING A MAN. ( SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE)
Searingly honest and lyrically beautiful...an unforgettable account of growing up gay in America. ( Esquire)
Paul Monette was the author of six novels and three colections of poems. Becoming a Man was the 1992 National Book Award for non-fiction. He died in February 1995.
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Book Description Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1992. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: A child of the 1950s from a small New England town, "perfect Paul" earns straight A's and shines in social and literary pursuits, all the while keeping a secret -- from himself and the rest of the world. Struggling to be, or at least to imitate, a straight man, through Ivy League halls of privilege and bohemian travels abroad, loveless intimacy and unrequited passion, Paul Monette was haunted, and finally saved, by a dream of "the thing I'd never even seen: two men in love and laughing." Searingly honest, witty, and humane, Becoming a Man is the definitive coming-out story in the classic coming-of-age genre. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0151115192
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Book Description Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110151115192