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Black Sheep Boy

A Novel in Stories

By Martin Pousson

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Format: Paperback, 208 pages

About the Author

Martin Pousson was born and raised in Acadiana, the Cajun French bayou land of Louisiana. His novel, Black Sheep Boy, includes stories that won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Two of his stories were finalists for the Glimmer Train Fiction Awards. His collection of poetry, Sugar, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and his first novel, No Place, Louisiana, was a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, Antioch Review, Epoch, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, StoryQuarterly, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. He now lives in Los Angeles.

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A Los Angeles Times literary pick of the week "An unforgettable novel-in-stories about growing up gay in French Acadiana, so vivid and almost fairy tale-like, drawing on folklore from the region, and yet so brutally realistic. Brilliant. I loved this book."รข Susan Larson, NPR's The Reading Life "Black Sheep Boy frames its fear through tragic misunderstanding, violence, and sexual confusion, and it illuminates the terrible aching divide of understanding between family members."--The Millions "This is the kind of book that you don't need to be LGBT-plus to enjoy; you just need to pick up a copy and start reading."--Los Angeles Times "What Pousson does so masterfully is to take such a dazzlingly fantastical and specific world and render it universally recognizable to anyone who's grown up queer in a world that would--sometimes violently--prefer he or she did not. While he artfully lifts the veil on a world outside of most people's experience, he also offers an outstretched hand of solidarity to every black sheep boy and girl who's lucky enough to pick up a copy of his book."--John Bavoso, Lambda Literary "Pousson has created something exhilarating: a novel-in-stories that shows religion, class, and race as inextricably entwined to the challenges of coming of age as a gay man in the South."-- Arizona Daily Sun "Beautifully impressionistic, and also raw, open and vulnerable. Pousson's bayou is such a frightening and vibrant place, generous and punishing, and the narrator's perspective pulls us in, and brings the reader close."--Aimee Bender, author of The Color Master and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake "Electrical, convulsive, hallucinatory, elemental... A book to give you fevers, chills, and visions."--Ben Loory, author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day "Seductive and thrilling... depths of passion and longing...this book really does cast a spell on you, and the effect is wild and wondrous. Magical realism has moved north to Acadiana, and the spell takes. This is a novel of masks, hidden shames that explode into ecstasy."--Jeff MacMahon, The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide "The title story of this novel-in-stories is wonderful, as are all the rest. Pousson is a huge talent."--Ilana Masad, The Other Stories "Pick up and read this fucking book. It's intensely wild."--Jake Shears, Lead singer of Scissor Sisters "If you like coming of age stories about freaky and fabulous southern sissies (and who doesn't?) Black Sheep Boy is a must read. Set in the bayou land of Louisiana, this fabulist tale kept me entranced. Queer lit at its finest!"--Justin Vivian Bond, author of Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels "A fantastic read! Poetic and honest, painful yet beautiful."--Candi Sary, author of Black Crow, White Lie "Black Sheep Boy is a harrowing story of survival...of being an outcast...an excellent read that reminds us that gay life is not always "gay."--Carlos Allende, author of Love, Or The Witches of Windward Circle "The beauty of the novel is in the way that author Martin Pousson makes the fantastic and specific world of the bayous...recognizable to all of us growing up gay in a place that does not provide solace and comfort."--Amos Lassen, Reviews By Amos Lassen "The writing style is deeply visceral... embodies the spirit of Whitman's "I am large and I contain multitudes." Pousson does a fantastic job using language to set the stage for...the stunningly rich backdrop of the Louisiana bayou starring a hodge podge cast of characters that mirror the kaleidoscope of individuals that might crop up in anyone's life"--Joyfully Jay "What I loved: the beautiful prose, the Louisiana setting, and a story that wasn't a romance. I appreciated the almost tall tale quality to it all and the rich history and cultural flavor. Because it isn't tied with direct reference to a particular era, it has a timeless quality to it. A phenomenally well-written book."--A.M. Leibowitz, Inked Rainbow Reads "Martin Pousson is a wizard with words."--Rich Ferguson, New Jersey Me A Los Angeles Times literary pick of the week "An unforgettable novel-in-stories about growing up gay in French Acadiana, so vivid and almost fairy tale-like, drawing on folklore from the region, and yet so brutally realistic. Brilliant. I loved this book."--Susan Larson, NPR's The Reading Life "Black Sheep Boy frames its fear through tragic misunderstanding, violence, and sexual confusion, and it illuminates the terrible aching divide of understanding between family members."--The Millions "This is the kind of book that you don't need to be LGBT-plus to enjoy; you just need to pick up a copy and start reading."--Los Angeles Times "What Pousson does so masterfully is to take such a dazzlingly fantastical and specific world and render it universally recognizable to anyone who's grown up queer in a world that would--sometimes violently--prefer he or she did not. While he artfully lifts the veil on a world outside of most people's experience, he also offers an outstretched hand of solidarity to every black sheep boy and girl who's lucky enough to pick up a copy of his book."--John Bavoso, Lambda Literary "Beautifully impressionistic, and also raw, open and vulnerable. Pousson's bayou is such a frightening and vibrant place, generous and punishing, and the narrator's perspective pulls us in, and brings the reader close."--Aimee Bender, author of The Color Master and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake "Electrical, convulsive, hallucinatory, elemental... A book to give you fevers, chills, and visions."--Ben Loory, author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day "Seductive and thrilling... depths of passion and longing...this book really does cast a spell on you, and the effect is wild and wondrous. Magical realism has moved north to Acadiana, and the spell takes. This is a novel of masks, hidden shames that explode into ecstasy."--Jeff MacMahon, The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide "The title story of this novel-in-stories is wonderful, as are all the rest. Pousson is a huge talent."--Ilana Masad, The Other Stories "Pick up and read this fucking book. It's intensely wild."--Jake Shears, Lead singer of Scissor Sisters "If you like coming of age stories about freaky and fabulous southern sissies (and who doesn't?) Black Sheep Boy is a must read. Set in the bayou land of Louisiana, this fabulist tale kept me entranced. Queer lit at its finest!" --Justin Vivian Bond, author of Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels "A fantastic read! Poetic and honest, painful yet beautiful."--Candi Sary, author of Black Crow, White Lie "Black Sheep Boy is a harrowing story of survival...of being an outcast...an excellent read that reminds us that gay life is not always "gay"-Carlos Allende, author of Love, Or The Witches of Windward Circle "The beauty of the novel is in the way that author Martin Pousson makes the fantastic and specific world of the bayous...recognizable to all of us growing up gay in a place that does not provide solace and comfort."--Amos Lassen, Reviews By Amos Lassen "The writing style is deeply visceral... embodies the spirit of Whitman's "I am large and I contain multitudes." Pousson does a fantastic job using language to set the stage for...the stunningly rich backdrop of the Louisiana bayou starring a hodge podge cast of characters that mirror the kaleidoscope of individuals that might crop up in anyone's life"--Joyfully Jay "What I loved: the beautiful prose, the Louisiana setting, and a story that wasn't a romance. I appreciated the almost tall tale quality to it all and the rich history and cultural flavor. Because it isn't tied with direct reference to a particular era, it has a timeless quality to it. A phenomenally well-written book."--A.M. Leibowitz, Inked Rainbow Reads "Martin Pousson is a wizard with words."--Rich Ferguson, New Jersey Me A "Los Angeles Times" literary pick of the week ""Black Sheep Boy" frames its fear through tragic misunderstanding, violence, and sexual confusion, and it illuminates the terrible aching divide of understanding between family members."Brian Burlage, "The Millions" "This is the kind of book that you don t need to be LGBT-plus to enjoy; you just need to pick up a copy and start reading.""Los Angeles Times" Pick up and read this fucking book. It's intensely wild. Jake Shears, Scissor Sisters If you like coming of age stories about freaky and fabulous southern sissies (and who doesn't?) "Black Sheep Boy" is a must read. Set in the bayou land of Louisiana, this fabulist tale kept me entranced. Queer lit at its finest! Justin Vivian Bond, author of "Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels" What Pousson does so masterfully is to take such a dazzlingly fantastical and specific world and render it universally recognizable to anyone who's grown up queer in a world that wouldsometimes violentlyprefer he or she did not. While he artfully lifts the veil on a world outside of most people's experience, he also offers an outstretched hand of solidarity to every black sheep boy and girl who's lucky enough to pick up a copy of his book. John Bavoso, "Lambda Literary" Beautifully impressionistic, and also raw, open and vulnerable. Pousson s bayou is such a frightening and vibrant place, generous and punishing, and the narrator s perspective pulls us in, and brings the reader close. Aimee Bender, author of "The Color Master" and "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake" "Electrical, convulsive, hallucinatory, elemental... A book to give you fevers, chills, and visions."Ben Loory, author of "Stories for Nighttime" and "Some for the Day" What I loved: the beautiful prose, the Louisiana setting, and a story that wasn t a romance... the almost tall tale quality to it all and the rich history and cultural flavor. A.M. Leibowitz, "Inked Rainbow Reads" The writing style is deeply visceral embodies the spirit of Whitman s I am large and I contain multitudes. Pousson does a fantastic job using language to set the stage forthe stunningly rich backdrop of the Louisiana bayou starring a hodge podge cast of characters that mirror the kaleidoscope of individuals that might crop up in anyone s life. Camille, "Joyfully Jay" The beauty of the novel is in the way that author Martin Pousson makes the fantastic and specific world of the bayousrecognizable to all of us growing up gay in a place that does not provide solace and comfort. Amos Lassen, Reviews By Amos Lassen "Black Sheep Boy" is a harrowing story of survivalof being an outcastan excellent read that reminds us that gay life is not always gay. Carlos Allende, Witches and Beatniks A fantastic read! Poetic and honest, painful yet beautiful. Candi Sary, author of "Black Crow, White Lie" Like a priceless gem, Black Sheep Boy is multi-faceted. The writing remains effortlessly lyrical, mesmerizingly inviting, and non-judgmental. The ending is perfection and left up to the reader. One mighty fine piece of writing, one powerful piece of queer literature. Do yourself a favor, go grab this book. 5 Stars!"--Kazza K, "On Top Down Under" "This is a master class in storytelling, a primer on what it means to be mixed race, to be different, to be powerless in the face of belief masquerading as truth. The author invites you to not just walk in another s shoes, but to don his skin. Black Sheep Boy speaks to the universal truths of being in a world not designed for you and others like you. It is simply brilliant and worth a galaxy of stars."--Diane, "Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends"" What Pousson does so masterfully is to take such a dazzlingly fantastical and specific world and render it universally recognizable to anyone who's grown up queer in a world that wouldsometimes violentlyprefer he or she did not. While he artfully lifts the veil on a world outside of most people's experience, he also offers an outstretched hand of solidarity to every black sheep boy and girl who's lucky enough to pick up a copy of his book. John Bavoso, "Lambda Literary" Beautifully impressionistic, and also raw, open and vulnerable. Pousson s bayou is such a frightening and vibrant place, generous and punishing, and the narrator s perspective pulls us in, and brings the reader close. Aimee Bender, author of "The Color Master" and "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake" "Electrical, convulsive, hallucinatory, elemental... A book to give you fevers, chills, and visions."Ben Loory, author of "Stories for Nighttime" and "Some for the Day"" Beautifully impressionistic, and also raw, open and vulnerable. Pousson s bayou is such a frightening and vibrant place, generous and punishing, and the narrator s perspective pulls us in, and brings the reader close. Aimee Bender, author of "The Color Master" and "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake" "Electrical, convulsive, hallucinatory, elemental... A book to give you fevers, chills, and visions."Ben Loory, author of "Stories for Nighttime" and "Some for the Day"" "Pousson has not only created a Southern family descended straight from the Babbitts and the Bridges, he has given us a book of startling complexity, originality, and power."Aimee Bender, author of "The Color Master" and "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake" "Electrical, convulsive, hallucinatory, elemental... A book to give you fevers, chills, and visions."Ben Loory, author of "Stories for Nighttime" and "Some for the Day""

EAN: 9781947856066
ISBN: 1947856065
Publisher: Rare Bird Books, a Barnacle Book
Dimensions: 21.34 x 13.72 x 1.78 centimetres (0.25 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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