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Becoming A Man By Paul Monette

Becoming A Man
by Paul Monette

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A memoir about growing up gay in America. From the 1950s through the rebellious 1960s to the self-creating 1970s, the author describes his life, and how he repressed his true sexuality until the day he met the man he feared he'd never meet.
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Becoming A Man Summary

Becoming A Man: Half a Life Story by Paul Monette

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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Becoming A Man Reviews

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 unforgettable account of growing up gay in America. * Esquire *

About Paul Monette

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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Becoming A Man: Half a Life Story by Paul Monette
Paul Monette
Used - Very Good
Little, Brown Book Group
Winner of United States National Book Awards: Nonfiction 1992
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