In Thrall

In Thrall

4.0 1
by Jane DeLynn, Jane Delynn
     
 
So the sixteen-year-old Lynn writes her thirty-seven-year-old English teacher a letter, and they embark on one of the funniest-- and saddest-- love affairs you'll ever read about: one shrouded in secrecy and guilt. For this is the early sixties, years before Gay Liberation, when all Lynn knows about "lezbos" is that they wear their hair in crew cuts, buy suits like

Overview

So the sixteen-year-old Lynn writes her thirty-seven-year-old English teacher a letter, and they embark on one of the funniest-- and saddest-- love affairs you'll ever read about: one shrouded in secrecy and guilt. For this is the early sixties, years before Gay Liberation, when all Lynn knows about "lezbos" is that they wear their hair in crew cuts, buy suits like her father's, and sprout mustaches over their upper lips. Lynn, in her desire to appear "normal", continues to make homophobic jokes with her girlfriends, neck with her boyfriend, and play the innocent with her parents, even as she checks the mirror each night for the telltale signs of her "perversion".

Here is a story about the kind of seduction that is every parent's nightmare. In this profound, witty, poignant, and highly charged novel, Jane DeLynn proves herself a writer of the first rank.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"All Lynn’s phobias, aversions, preferences, and hang-ups make her exaggerated but real and terrifically funny. The great triumph of this novel is that DeLynn has captured the way adolescents felt, talked, and behaved during the early 1960s."—San Francisco Chronicle

"A dazzling novel. . . . The most obvious comparison is Holden Caulfield and The Catcher in the Rye. It’s got real wit to it and an audacious originality. The dialogue is superb and the pace perfect. . . . The single most wonderful quality of this novel is its absolute credibility. This book is going to have a long, long life."—Los Angeles Times Book Review

"One of the 100 best gay and lesbian novels of all time"—Publishing Triangle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781891305092
Publisher:
Painted Leaf Press
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 9.03(h) x 0.64(d)

Meet the Author


Jane DeLynn is the author of the widely acclaimed novels Leash, In Thrall, Real Estate, and Some Do. Her work has appeared in Paris Review, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, New York Times, New York Observer, and Tikkun, and she lived in Saudi Arabia as a correspondent for Mirabella and Rolling Stone during the Gulf War. She shares time between Long Island and St. Louis.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >