Becoming A Man
Half A Life StoryBook - 1993
The National Book Award-winning autobiography of a gay man's struggle with manhood focuses on the author's attempts to live a normal life while concealing the secret of his sexuality. By the author of Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir. Reader's Guide available. Reprint
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.
The author relates his experiences and feelings growing up gay in a small New England town in the 1950s and the pain of living a lie to keep his homosexuality hidden.
New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,