Young, black and gay, high-school student Johnnie Ray Rousseau has an all- consuming affair with a blond, godlike filmmaker. PW noted that the author. 10 Apr Interview with Larry Duplechan, one of the first writers to explore the recent film version of his book, “Blackbird,” he rarely minces words. First published by St. Martin’s Press in , Blackbird is a funny, moving, coming -of-age novel about growing up black and gay in southern California. The lead.

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One of my favorite books I ever read. It’s really inspired me beyond measure.

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I absolutely loved it. Read reviews that mention coming of age age story ray rousseau gay blackbird duplechan coming-of-age larry. Hide my email completely instead? Features an introduction by Michael Nava. Duplechan left the group after two years and tried singing with community choirs and a barbershop quartet.

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A great, great read and a wonderful story to boot. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Please provide an email address. I like the way he weaves the frank sexiness into the story.

There was no real story here. Basically, I liked this book because Johnnie Ray’s experiences were so similar to my own in high school and beyond, and it was not presented as a story with an unhappy ending. Monyane rated it really liked it Jan 12, lary They are just they really are. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

Eight Days a Week. Write a customer review. But I had this need to create art; and I had this degree in English Lit.

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None of Duplechan’s novels sold particularly well backbird they all went out-of-print in Ships from and sold by Amazon. Duplechan didn’t start out to become a novelist.

Duplechan published his first novel, Eight Days a Weekin Blackbird Little Sister’s Classics 3. By Duplechan was singing his high tenor in a church choir and soloing on ukulele and guitar.

The Summer We Got Free. Los Angeles, CA, singer, —, writer, —, singer and ukulele player, —; University of California, Los Angeles, Continuing Education Program, creative writing instructor, Could I write believable Caucasian characters? Track your recent orders Use Your Account to view or change your orders. Mary rated it liked larr Apr 07, The main character is a young, gay, black teen, and his descriptions of high school somehow manage to be simultaneously witty and scarily accurate.

The oldest of four brothers, Duplechan also had a half-sister from his father’s first marriage. Having never been a 17 year old boy or read any of Larry Duplechan’s other works, I really can’t comment on whether this is realistic or is Duplechan’s style of writing.

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Sad, touching, yet hopeful and exuberant! Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. In he began working as a real-estate legal secretary. Other Additional information for this profile was obtained through an interview with Larry Duplechan on September 28, Although short fiction and poetry by and about gay black men had been familiar to readers and critics since the Harlem Renaissance of the s, until the mids almost all fictional gay male characters were white.

To ask other readers questions about Duplechajplease sign up. All the while, he’s intrigued by Marshall MacNeill, whom he meets at an audition, surely the sexiest man to walk God’s green earth–at least according to Johnnie Ray.