A simple text that would change two twin brothers' lives forever.
Coming out is hard. The struggle is ongoing, a daily part of life whether to a new friend, a co-worker, or most importantly yourself.
Pray the Gay Away chronicles Michael and Zach as they face awkward sexual encounters, drug-fueled escapades, coming out to each other, and their biggest foe - Mom, a woman who not only gave birth to what she calls one regret - but two. The memoir hilariously and poignantly explores what it’s like growing up as gay, Iraqi twins in modern America. Pray the Gay Away was inspired the night Mom snuck into their bedroom and force fed them “holy grapes,” determined to “de-gay” them.
The Zakar Twins are new voices speaking out against generations, particularly within the Iraqi culture, who look down on being gay. This book is not only for the LBGTQ community, but for young adults, looking to achieve normalcy.
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)|
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Alice in Wonderland, 1
Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery, 14
Dumb and Dumber, 50
Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness, 65
Devil’s Advocate, 90
Honor Thy Mother and Thy Father, 106
There’s Something About Mary, 122
Thou Shalt Not Steal, 133
Pretty Woman, 159
I Am the Lord Thy God, 174
Parent Trap, 201
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is incredibly clever and each chapter has a distinct voice for which twin's perspective it is written. It is heartfelt and hilarious all at once.
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite Pray the Gay Away by Michael Zakar and Zach Zakar is a memoir, at times sensational and heartbreaking, of Iraqi twins in modern America, two brothers “cursed” to be gay — at least in the eyes of their own mother. How can they admit to themselves that they are gay and how can they make an unmitigated come-out to their classmates, friends and colleagues. Most of all, how can they come out plainly to the woman who gave birth to and raised them while feeling alienated from her? The story was inspired the very night they became convinced that their mother knew they were gay. This memoir takes readers on a rollicking ride with the twins, from the age of sixteen, as they navigate relationships and try to understand who they are. It explores their fears, their uncertainties, and their experience of rejection, even from their mother who looks at them as an abomination, a curse from God. At sixteen, Michael is in a relationship with Sabrina while Zach is with Lee, and the book begins with disastrous adventures with their relationship partners. The reader will become keen to discover what happens next and the shift in narrative, which alternates the points of views of the twins, creates a gripping sense of suspense which will accompany the reader throughout the narrative. The book is well written, and the first person narrative is done well to capture the flood of emotions that runs through the narrative. The conflict is wonderfully handled and readers will find the internal — psychological — conflict as well as the physical one intriguing. Pray the Gay Away answers the questions: what does it take to be true to one’s self, to embrace one’s sexual preference, and to feel normal with that choice? The story is told with honesty and courage, and it is hard not to feel the pain of the protagonists. It’s riveting, a great read in gay literature.
Well written, funny, enjoyable read. Each coming out experience is different for everybody. I loved reading about these guys and getting to know them more. Highly recommended.