Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story

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HarperCollins, May 25, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Susan Watson - Goodreads

Hard to read, life is so hard for some. Read full review

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User Review  - Karen Peacock - Goodreads

What an interesting man. He was so very intelligent and so riddled with guilt about who he was in life. I really enjoyed this one. It was slow in the beginning, but so thought provoking by the end. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Paul Monette (1945-1995) is the author many books including seven novels, four volumes of poetry, and several highly praised nonfiction works such as Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir. In 1992, he received the National Book Award for Becoming a Man. He died of AIDS complications in 1995.

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