Stories for Boys: A Memoir

Stories for Boys: A Memoir

by Gregory Martin
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Stories for Boys: A Memoir by Gregory Martin

In this memoir of fathers and sons, Gregory Martin struggles to reconcile the father he thought he knew with a man who has just survived a suicide attempt; a man who had been having anonymous affairs with men throughout his thirty-nine years of marriage; and who now must begin his life as a gay man. At a tipping point in our national conversation about gender and sexuality, rights and acceptance, Stories for Boys is about a father and a son finding a way to build a new relationship with one another after years of suppression and denial are given air and light.

Martin’s memoir is quirky and compelling with its amateur photos and grab-bag social science and literary analyses. Gregory Martin explores the impact his father’s lifelong secrets have upon his life now as a husband and father of two young boys with humor and bracing candor. Stories for Boys is resonant with conflicting emotions and the complexities of family sympathy, and asks the questions: How well do we know the people that we think we know the best? And how much do we have to know in order to keep loving them?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983850465
Publisher: Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/20/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 274
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Gregory Martin is the author of Mountain City, a memoir of the life of a town of thirty-three people in remote northeastern Nevada, which received a Washington State Book Award, was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and is referred to by some people in Mountain City as "the book." Martin's work has appeared in The Sun, Kenyon Review Online, Creative Nonfiction, Storyquarterly, and Orion. He teaches creative writing at the University of New Mexico. He lives in Albuquerque with his wife and two sons.

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Stories for Boys: A Memoir 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
What is it about this book? A Seattle Reads selection, it got glowing reviews by most folks; sadly, it was not the book for me. The writing seemed awkard and disjointed, almost skitterish. I tired of the author's relentless badgering of his father. The constant questioning was unkind and the information he was seeking probably best received in a time that his father chose, not the author. Page 82: "One night, I interrogated my father on this issue." Really? As if his father didn't have enough feelings of guilt. Maybe that's why the story didn't set well with me--I empathized with the father for the treatment he endured by his son. The small black and white photos were unnecessary, IMHO. I did enjoy the photo of the author and his sons in the treehouse, though, as it was a close shot showing the bonding of the three men of the family. Likewise, the copy of Walt Whitman's poem on page 183 was spot-on for the chapter emphasis, namely shame. A good connection between the life of the acclaimed writer and that of this author's father.
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The story's raw emotion illuminates the lesson of unconditional love.