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No one has been more frank, lucid, rueful and entertaining about growing up gay in Middle America than Edmund White. Best known for his autobiographical novels, starting with A Boy's Own Story, here in his memoir White takes the fiction out of his story and delivers the facts in all their shocking and absorbing verity. He describes a life touched by psychotherapy in every decade, starting with his flamboyant and demanding therapist mother, who considered him her own personal test case - not to mention her escort to cocktail lounges after her divorce. His father thought that even wearing a wristwatch was effeminate, though custodial visits to Dad in Cincinnati inadvertently initiated White into the culture of hustlers and johns that changed his life. White introduces us to his lovers and predilections - past and present and gives his striking and eloquent opinions on art, life and other artists. My Lives is a spectacular treat: by turns moving and hilarious, outrageous and enlightening. Check out these other books by Edmund White.
Paperback, 356 pages, orig. published 2005, this edition 2006
Author: Edmund White