My Secret Historyby Paul Theroux
It begins with his days as a Massachusetts altar boy, when his first furtive sexual encounter introduces him to the thrills
Brilliantly written, erotically charged, My Secret History is Paul Theroux's tour de force. It is the story of Andre Parent, a writer, a world traveller, a lover of every kind of woman he chances to meet in a life as varied as a man can lead.
It begins with his days as a Massachusetts altar boy, when his first furtive sexual encounter introduces him to the thrills of leading a double life. As a teenaged lifeguard, Andre finds himself caught between the attentions of a beautiful young student and an amorous older woman. Soon he is in Africa, where the local women are numerous, easy, and free. And as the boy becomes a man he turns his attention to writing, which brings him fame, and a wife, who may finally cause him to know himself.
But not before he sets up his most dangerous secret life, one that any man might envy, but that could cost Andre Parent the delicate balance that makes him who he is.
the New York Times Book Review
"Consistently entertaining... Theroux's hero is a man of ironic intelligence and amusing self-awareness."
- Viking Penguin
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Meet the Author
PAUL THEROUX is the author of many highly acclaimed books. His novels include The Lower River and The Mosquito Coast, and his renowned travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star and Dark Star Safari . He lives in Hawaii and on Cape Cod.
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This was my first Theroux book; I was hooked! I must have read it 7 or 8 times. I've since read everything he has written, but this still remains my favorite. Whenever life's kicking my butt, I return to this book and it comforts me. Or sometimes I reread Riding the Iron Rooster and use that as an escape. Thank you, Paul, wherever you are. You've helped me through tough times.