Stuck Rubber Babyby Howard Cruse
Art and story combine powerfully in this lyrical tale of a young man caught in the maelstrom of the civil rights movement and the systematic homophobia of small-town America. Told in flashback, this is the story of Toland Polk, the son of an uneducated white carpenter who has grown up in the Southern town of Clayfield. It is the 1960s, a time of passionate beliefs and violent emotions, and Clayfield's citizens are divided in the fight over segregation. As Toland fights on the side of the civil rights activists, he slowly begins to realize -- and try to deny -- that he is gay. With a subtle yet intricate plot, and distinctively evocative illustrations, Stuck Rubber Baby is an unflinchingly honest look at one man's world of fears, dreams and prejudice.
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This book is absolutely magnificent. It's a woonderful journey through the life of a homosexual man in denial. All the while outside his struggle is that of the black people involved in the civil rights movement. This colorful graphic novel takes you into a world where social and racial unjust is all too common.