Overview

First published by St. Martin’s in 1986, Blackbird is a funny, moving, gay coming-of-age novel about growing up black and gay in Southern California. The lead character, Johnnie Ray Rousseau, is a high school student upset at losing the lead role in the school staging of Romeo and Juliet; if that weren’t enough, his best friend has been beaten badly by his father, and his girlfriend is pressuring him to have sex for the first time. All the while, he’s intrigued by Marshall MacNeill, a fellow drama class member ...

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Blackbird

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Overview

First published by St. Martin’s in 1986, Blackbird is a funny, moving, gay coming-of-age novel about growing up black and gay in Southern California. The lead character, Johnnie Ray Rousseau, is a high school student upset at losing the lead role in the school staging of Romeo and Juliet; if that weren’t enough, his best friend has been beaten badly by his father, and his girlfriend is pressuring him to have sex for the first time. All the while, he’s intrigued by Marshall MacNeill, a fellow drama class member who’s surely the sexiest man to walk God’s green earth—at least according to Johnnie Ray. This novel of adolescent awakening is as fresh and heartfelt as it was when first published. Features an introduction by Michael Nava.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551522678
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Series: Little Sister's Classics
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 225
  • Sales rank: 434,092
  • File size: 955 KB

Meet the Author

Larry Duplechan is the author of four novels, including Captain Swing and Tangled Up in Blue. He lives in his hometown of Los Angeles. Michael Nava is best-known for his gay mystery novels featuring Henry Rios, five of which have won Lambda Literary Awards, including Goldenboy and Howtown). He lives in San Francisco.
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