By Edmund White
Initially released in 1982 because the first of Edmund White's trilogy of autobiographical novels, A Boy's personal Story grew to become an speedy vintage for its pioneering portrayal of homosexuality. The book's unnamed narrator, turning out to be up in the course of the Fifties, is beset via aloof mom and dad, a merciless sister, and constant mocking from his friends, compelling him to search out artworks and literature as solace-and to discover new relationships within the fight to include his personal sexuality. Lyrical and poignant, with robust evocations of disgrace and craving, this can be an American literary treasure.
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