God Says No

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McSweeney's Books, 2009 - Fiction - 302 pages
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Gary Gray marries his first girlfriend, a fellow student from Central Florida Christian College who loves Disney World as much as he does. They are 19 years old, God-fearing, and eager to start a family, but a week before their wedding Gary goes into a rest-stop bathroom and lets something happen. God Says No is his testimony ? the story of a young black Christian struggling with desire and belief, with his love for his wife and his appetite for other men, told in a singular, emotional voice. Driven by desperation and religious visions, the path that Gary Gray takes ? from revival meetings to "out" life in Atlanta to a pray-away-the-gay ministry in Memphis, Tennessee ? gives a riveting picture of how a life like his can be lived, and how it can't.

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User Review  - LisaLynne - LibraryThing

God Says No is an amazing first novel. It is the story of Gary Gray, who is gay, but doesn't want to be. What he really wants is to be "normal" - he wants a wife and family, not to desire other men ... Read full review


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James Hannaham was born in the Bronx and grew up in Yonkers, New York. He has written for The Village Voice, as well as Spin, Us, Out, Interview and Vibe. His fiction has appeared in The Literary Review, Nerve.com, Open City and several anthologies. He has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell, and Fundación Valparaíso, and a NYFFA Fellowship. He teaches creative writing at the Pratt Institute and is a staff writer in the culture department at Salon.

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