About My Life and the Kept Woman: A Memoirby John Rechy
Gore Vidal has hailed John Rechy as “one of the few original American writers of the last century,” and Michael Cunningham has called him an author “whose life is almost as interesting, and meaningful, as his work.” Rechy’s long-awaited memoir,About My Life and the Kept Woman, is the author’s first open treatment of his/i>
Gore Vidal has hailed John Rechy as “one of the few original American writers of the last century,” and Michael Cunningham has called him an author “whose life is almost as interesting, and meaningful, as his work.” Rechy’s long-awaited memoir,About My Life and the Kept Woman, is the author’s first open treatment of his lifeand a testament to the power of pride and self-acceptance. Raised Mexican-American in El Paso, Texas, at a time when Latino children were routinely segregated, Rechy was often assumed to be Anglo because of his light skin, and had his name “changed” for him by a teacher, from Juan to John. As he grew olderand as his fascination with the memory of a notorious kept woman in his childhood deepenedRechy became aware that his differences lay not just in his heritage, but in his sexuality. A moving, powerful story of a life that bears witness to some of the most riotous changes of the past century,About My Life and the Kept Woman is as much a portrait of intolerance as of an individual who defied it to forge his own path.
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After reading all of his books, I can confidently say that this is one of Rechy's best! It draws together the different themes and experiences seen in many of his earlier books artfully and concisely, and the ending is inspiring. Rechy's life is fascinating-- first a young man growing up in El Paso, TX, he became a hustler in New York, New Orleans, and LA and wrote about it. Eventually he taught writing classes, and slowly stopped hustling/cruising. He is now a respected author and teacher (USC), and his books range from the classic City of Night to complex novels about youth and sexuality (of all types) in Bodies and Souls, to the mystery book-like Marilyn's Daughter. More than a victim of sexual abuse, Rechy is a survivor, and he is not ashamed of who he is.