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Blackbird by Larry Duplechan


by Larry Duplechan

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Series: Johnnie Ray Rousseau (prequel)

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Johnnie Ray Rousseau auditions for the role of Romeo in his high school's play, knowing full well that they would never going to allow a black boy to play the part. Still, the news hits him hard and begins a month of changes that will affect his family, his friends and who he is. It's the month that his high school girlfriend decides it's time to go "all the way." It's the month when his best friend Efram Zimbalist Johnson is beaten to a bloody pulp by his father when he finds him messing around with another boy. It's the month Johnnie meets Marshall McNeill, by far the sexiest man on the planet, who opens him up to who he really is. And, it's the month of his excorcism.

Blackbird is an intelligent, funny "coming out" and coming of age story, depicting all the ups and downs of being a teenager: the anxiety of sexual discovery, the pressure of parents to fit in, and how high school can seem so unfair. ( )
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First published by St. Martin's Press in 1986, Blackbird is a funny, moving, coming-of-age novel about growing up black and gay in southern California. The lead character, Johnnie Ray Rousseau, is a high school student upset over losing the lead role in the school staging of Romeo and Juliet. As if that weren't enough, his best friend has been beaten badly by his father, and his girlfriend is pressuring him to have sex for the first time. All the while, he's intrigued by Marshall MacNeill, whom he meets at an audition and is surely the sexiest man to walk God's green earth - at least according to Johnnie Ray. This novel of adolescent awakening is as fresh and heartfelt as it was when first published. With an introduction by Michael Nava, who is best-known for his gay mystery novels featuring Henry Rios, five of which have won Lambda Literary Awards, including Goldenboy and Howtown. He lives in San Francisco.

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