Conjoined at the Soul by Huston Piner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Once again, Huston Piner has given us a coming of age tale that rings painfully true. His protagonist, Randy Clark, is so familiar to me from my own adolescence, and in fact, the entire cast of characters feels like people I knew and grew up with myself.
This is a remarkably deft and often humorous look at life as a gay teen in a time and place where that sort of thing was not cool, not cool at all. Of course, cool or not, it existed, and the rituals of teenage acceptance clash with Randy's journey of self-discovery.
I loved this book. I loved the beautiful accuracy of the pop culture of the time, the music, the clothing, the rites of passage. I loved the innate sweetness of the protagonist, and I ached for all the missteps and misunderstanding that plagued him. I loved his friends, and I loved the way the bigoted weren't magically converted to sympathizers. It's honest, and sometimes painfully so, but that's the true magic of this book.
I'd recommend this book with all my heart. It's just superb.
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- Morwen Navarre
- I've been writing since I could first hold a pencil, and by all accounts I didn't limit myself to paper. Walls, tablecloths and the occasional sibling were all fair game, and it shouldn't be surprising to learn that markers were banned in my home with all due haste. Although I now content myself with inconveniencing electrons, the desire to bring the stories in my mind to life hasn't waned. In my spare time, I read, putter in the kitchen, and relax on my terrace or at the lake, weather permitting, with my corgi who strives to be part muse, part food disposal. I'm also addicted to coffee and have a close relationship with my Keurig.