The Family Heart: A Memoir of When Our Son Came Out

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"ASTONISHINGLY MOVING...The Family Heart is a tough and challenging work, for it reminds us that empathy is a humble but radical virtue, if lived."
—USA Today
" I'm gay.' Every day, parents around the world hear those words from their children. Most are utterly unprepared for them. By writing The Family Heart, Robb Forman Dew has done such ...

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Overview

"ASTONISHINGLY MOVING...The Family Heart is a tough and challenging work, for it reminds us that empathy is a humble but radical virtue, if lived."
—USA Today
" I'm gay.' Every day, parents around the world hear those words from their children. Most are utterly unprepared for them. By writing The Family Heart, Robb Forman Dew has done such parents an extraordinary service."
—The Washington Post Book World
"TOUCHINGLY WRITTEN."
—The Boston Globe
"At the heart of this memoir lies a true epiphany: the author's sudden, galvanizing awareness of the suicidal consequences of homophobia. It is a chilling moment, and it is described with a writer's eloquence and a mother's rage....Dew's intense imagination, combined with her ignorance of homosexuality, was as much a hindrance as a help, and it is to her credit that she has recorded the occasionally wacky assumptions and painful readjustments of her own odyssey with such care and humor."
—The New Yorker
"POETIC, HONEST."
—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"Eloquent and absorbing...The true testament of Mrs. Dew and her husband as parents, and the most powerful moments of this inspiring memoir, occur when they come out' to their community as parents of a gay child....Though Mrs. Dew imparts a lot of self-gained wisdom in this perceptive and beautifully articulated story, in the end she realizes she has something she has always had—a strong loving family and two good sons."
—The Dallas Morning News
"AMEN FROM ANY MOTHER, EVERY MOTHER."
—Anna Quindlen
The New York Times

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
★ 03/01/2014
Novelist Dew writes with compassion and humor about her son Stephen's coming out as gay. Her memoir is not as much about her son as it is about a family's commitment to one another. (LJ 5/1/94)
Library Journal
Dew, an American Book Award winner, recalls the moment when her son Stephen told her he was gay and chronicles the journey she and her family made from confusion to commitment. (LJ 5/1/94)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345394088
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,476,697
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robb Forman Dew is the American Book Award-winning author of Dale Loves Sophie to Death and two other novels, The Time of Her Life and Fortunate Lives, as well as A Southern Thanksgiving. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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