Member of the Family: Gay Men Write About Their Families

Member of the Family: Gay Men Write About Their Families

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A Member of the Family: Gay Men Write About Their Families edited by John Preston 
1992, Paperback 

In this extraordinary collection, the most talented gay writers of our time turn their hearts and psyches inside out to show us the families who gave birth to them, raised them, exiled them, and loved them. Each of these 24 original essays describes a family that is unique and so idiosyncratic that it can belong only to its author - and so familiar and universal that it startlingly reminds us of our own. John Preston begins the anthology by recalling the angry letter he left for his parents the day he moved out of their home forever, and the unsuspected impact that letter had on his younger brother. Michael Nava writes of his stoic, enigmatic, and embittered grandfather - a living portrait of what Nava himself could become. Larry Duplechan mixes laughter and tears with his hard-edged, wise-cracking description of his mother, who said learning he was gay was like hearing he'd been killed in a car crash - but he was still her baby. Growing up with parents who survived the Holocaust left Harlan Greene with different kinds of scars; and Brian Kirkpatrick has created a brilliant work of introspection and imagination about the mother who abandoned him in a Catholic orphanagae. Deeply emotional, daringly honest, and beautifully conceived, A Member of the Family raises simple truths about our families to the universal truth of art.