“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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In Blackbird seventeen-year-old Rousseau llarry to terms with his sexuality and declares himself gay. Paste the link into your website, email, or any other HTML document. Please try again later. Love this book it started off pretty slow but as I continued it really picked up my interest. Although gay literature was entering the mainstream, Duplechan told Contemporary Authors: Ships from and sold by Amazon.

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I fell blackbire love with Johnnie Ray. The lead character, Johnnie Ray Rousseau, is a high school student upset over losing the lead role in the school staging of Romeo and Juliet. He lives in San Francisco. The author did a great job of making the story timeless, which I’m not sure was intentional or not.

He lives in his hometown of Los Angeles. It’s the most natural thing in the world. My parents kicked me out. I was too dumb to know you couldn’t get published without an agent. Account Options Sign in.


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Finding the Baptist church of his youth incompatible with his homosexuality, Duplechan began studying the religions of the world. Citing this material Please include a link to this page if you have found this material useful for research or writing a related article.

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Johnnie Ray is unapologetically himself a feat in itself for a YA protagonist, let alone an African-American, homosexual, teenage-boy coming of age in the late s and this novel is an interesting portrait of a few months of his life. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Inhe published Tangled Up in Bluean AIDS -themed novel which was his only work not to feature Rousseau as its central character, although its main characters reappear in Duplechan’s subsequent Rousseau novels as supporting characters. Set up a giveaway. Still, the news hits him hard and Sweet, funny, sexy, sad, Johnny Ray’s story is not for everyone, but I found it a wonderful read.


It helps a lot to the reader to create full picture about the time when novel appeared. Jun 08, Eriynn added it. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: It would be refreshing,for a change, if Duplechan stopped trying to be an assimilationist, and took pride in being of African descent.

All the while, he’s 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. I can’t wait to see how Patrik Ian Polk has translated it into film.

Author, Singer, Songwriterwww. Lambda Literary FoundationFebruary 18, I love Duplechan’s writing.

BLACKBIRD SINGING by Larry Duplechan | Kirkus Reviews

Seeking relief from the stress, Duplechan, Harvey, and two other men formed an a cappella singing group. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

I had expected that the sexualisation of all male characters would diminish once Johnnie Ray found other homosexual men that he could connect with and felt more confident in his own sense of self that the sexualisation would decrease.