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A Boy’s Own Story by Edmund White

This is the portrait of a young boy growing up in fifties America. He seeks escape from a distant and capricious family environment and this overwhelming desire, so palpable to the reader, is matched by his desire to sleep with a man. A careful and intimate examination of an effort to invent an identity, and of the whole process of growing up.
Edmund White was born in Ohio.

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A Boy’s Own Story by Edmund White