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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Just Out


From Publishers Weekly
This moving memoir of a young Chicano boy's maturing into a self-accepting gay adult is a beautifully executed portrait of the experience of being gay, Chicano and poor in the United States. Now an associate professor of English and Latino studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Gonzalez writes in a poetic yet straightforward style that heightens the power of his story (mariposa is Spanish for "faggot" as well as butterfly). As he describes growing up in an extended migrant-worker family, his youth in Bakersfield, Calif., and his departure for college, some readers may recognize similar characters and situations from his 2003 novel, Crossing Vines (University of Oklahoma). Like other gay coming-of-age memoirs, this one recounts the hardship of being an effeminate youth with a high singing voice and a penchant for cross-dressing, and the delight in discovering the homoeroticism of classic literature by Melville and E.M. Forster. But Gonzalez transforms these standard conceits into an affecting narrative in which his class and ethnic identities are as vital as his often painful metamorphosis into a fully formed gay man.

Rigoberto Gonzalez

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very nice cover! I have read Rigo's essays as he's published them throughout the years and each of them are magnificent pieces of writing! I especially love "Secret Other Worlds" which was published in The Crab Orchard Review and won their essay prize. Butterfly Boy isn't a collection of essays though, it is a novel-like narrative. This is one book of Rigo's I can say I've been waiting for years. I hope it will get the recognition it deserves.

J. Espinoza

Montgomery Maxton said...
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Montgomery Maxton said...

off the topic, but my crotch smells like a bear.

Peter said...

Sounds like a great read, Eduardo. And what a great cover. Is it Rigo himself?

Emmy said...

I can't wait to read Rigo's new book. I loved hearing many of the essays when he read in El Paso and Las Cruces a few months ago. Beautiful work.

pete. said...

Shoot, I just saw this. Can't believe I've let a week pass without ordering it. Go Rigo!