A Boy's Own Story: A Novel

A Boy's Own Story: A Novel

by Edmund White
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A Boy's Own Story: A Novel by Edmund White

Originally published in 1982 as the first of Edmund White's trilogy of autobiographical novels, A Boy's Own Story became an instant classic for its pioneering portrayal of homosexuality. The book's unnamed narrator, growing up during the 1950s, is beset by aloof parents, a cruel sister, and relentless mocking from his peers, compelling him to seek out works of art and literature as solace-and to uncover new relationships in the struggle to embrace his own sexuality. Lyrical and poignant, with powerful evocations of shame and yearning, this is an American literary treasure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143114840
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/24/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 474,602
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Edmund White, author of thirteen books, is a Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et Lettres, and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Award for Literature from the National Academy of Arts and Letters. His Genet: A Biography won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Lambda Literary Award. He lives in Paris, France.

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A Boy's Own Story 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to believe a 15-year-old was having such introspective philosophical thoughts.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was almost turned off at first because this book's plot had a sort of loose chronological construction, but do not let that dissuade you! Each scene in this boy's life will start something inside you and will make you think in ways you never have. This was certainly one of the most moving and satisfying endings to a book I have ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A gay coming of age story set in the 50. The author did a great job!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a teenage female, I read this book. It evokes memories, and emotions no matter what your sexual orientation. Also, being a student at the high school that the author graduated from, I feel a certain attachment to the plot, and feelings. Anyone, who wishes to enrich their life, and worldly wisdom, should read this book, and change themselves for the better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the most poignant and inticing novels I have read in a long time. The imagery that Mr. White uses is just gorgeous!! I had to read the book twice in one sitting just because I loved it so much!!