Queer 13: Lesbian And Gay Writers Recall Seventh Grade

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HarperCollins, Aug 19, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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Forward by Dale Peck

Seventh grade: You remember it, don't you? Sweet sixteen seemed impossibly far away, an elegant, unattainable future. All that we had was the doldrums of thirteen -- not so sweet, and definitely queer.

Now, some of the finest observers of the gay experience take us back to the homerooms and hallways of our youth, in a collection of original essays that captures that time of adolescence when social and sexual development was at its raging worst.

From gym class to kissing parties, obsessive crushes to after-school pummelings, every day held the possibility of discovery -- and complete humiliation. For those of us who are gay, our sexuality added another twist, that extra little way we didn't quite fit in. It was a time of becoming who we truly are, a passage into adulthood that was as memorable as it was agonizing. Queer 13 tells these tales of teenage trauma -- from funny to painful, reflective to literary -- all ringing with the universal truths of a poignant, extraordinary time.

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User Review  - iluvvideo - LibraryThing

This book is a compelling look back at people who felt 'different' early on in their lives. Even before knowing just what that meant, they were aware and searching for some connection that they were ... Read full review

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User Review  - Brian - Goodreads

I picked this book up at a local thrift shop, very excited by the premise. I didn't love the collection but was fascinated by it. There were several memoirs written by authors who would be my parents ... Read full review

About the author (1998)

Clifford Chase is the author of The Hurry-Up Song, a memoir of his brother's death, and the editor of Queer 13: Lesbian and Gay Writers Recall Seventh Grade. His fiction has appeared in various magazines and literary journals. Winkie is his first novel, and was inspired by the actual Winkie, who was passed down by the author's mother and is now at least eighty years old and quite mangy.

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