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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Original Blog Post: There is something about reading memoirs that hits me at a very personal level. There is a different tone set to the writing, no matter ... Read full review

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Being in the closed as the author puts it, who experiences self hatred and internal exile, living a lie since being a youngster for fear of reprisal from family and peers, so having to live as a ... 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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