“Blackbird” soars?it’s a funny, beautifully written novel. I fell in love with Johnnie Ray. Larry Duplechan is Patrick Dennis with a brain.?Vito Russo–Vito Russo. 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. 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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On his Web site Duplechan described this novel, his personal favorite, as “a gay Oreo homage to Catcher in the Rye. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. His father, Lawrence Duplechan, Sr. Thomas rated it it was amazing Mar 17, Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

It was written very simply and eloquently. This novel of adolescent awakening is as fresh and heartfelt as it was when first published. May 01, Gina rated it liked it.


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Duplechan left the group after two years and tried singing glackbird community choirs and a barbershop quartet. Oct 19, Andrea rated it really liked it.

A friend gave this to me to read; it’s apparently the first YA novel about a gay African American male. This was published in James Bazen rated it it was amazing Jul 24, I love Duplechan’s writing. He told Contemporary Authors that the novel was “an attempt to answer questions I’d asked myself after the completion of Blackbird: However his often sexually explicit writings are filled with humor and colorful characters.

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In he began working as a real-estate legal secretary. The only part of the book that lxrry a little over the top that I didn’t care for was the exorcism scene. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Tangled Up in Blue.

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ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Dreamed of Stardom Duplechan didn’t start out to become a novelist. Deadline HollywoodJanuary 6, All the while, duplecan 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.

It’s fuplechan that Duplechan sees no value in writing about a totally or predominantly black milieu. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

One of my favorite books I ever read. My boyfriend committed suicide. It’s the most natural thing in the world. My friend called it Judy Blume-esque, which it is–it’s starkly honest and personal, and quite possibly TMI for conservative readers, so it’s a worthwhile read.


Hide my email completely instead? Oct 03, Meg rated it really liked it Shelves: Could I write in a voice other than Johnnie Ray’s first-person narrative? I read this after watching the recent movie adaptation which was quite different but also enjoyable.

Sad, touching, yet hopeful and exuberant! But writing was always a far-away second to singing. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. I like the way he weaves the frank sexiness into the story.

I can’t wait to see how Patrik Ian Polk has translated it into film. Mikhail Lutchman rated it it was ok Jan 12, Preview — Blackbird by Larry Duplechan. It did reduce slightly just not to the extent that I expected.

Peggy rated it really liked it May 25, Lambda Literary FoundationFebruary 18, If you are a young gay man and in for an uplifting read, than this could be your pick. J-L rated it liked it Nov 03, Refresh and try again.