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

by Gregory Martin

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I'd say this memoir way more about father-son relationships than it is about gay issues (the latter seems to be the main pitch in marketing), and I think that reading about family dynamics would interest many readers.

Lots of author-provided family photos and email excerpts are included, which adds a visual aspect to the memoir. The writing style is very introspective. The book starts off strong, maybe because there's a combination of character and story development--but towards the end both peter out and so did my interest. ( )
  Alyssa.Jocson | Aug 21, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0983477582, Paperback)

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?

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