“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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Apr 25, Jake rated it really liked it. Author, Singer, Songwriterwww. My boyfriend committed suicide. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Please try again later. I was on an emotional journey that I didn’t want to end. It’s obvious that Duplechan sees no value in writing about a totally or predominantly blackbjrd milieu. Got ’til it’s Gone.

Martin’s Press inBlackbird is a funny, moving, coming-of-age novel about growing up black and gay in southern California. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Deadline HollywoodJanuary 6, The humor is what makes the book for me. His descriptions of longing, first touch and then sex are so real so honest, never augmented and never sensationalistic as if it was allowed you to peek thru the keyhole. Oct 19, Andrea rated it really liked it. But I had this need to create blackbirrd and I had this degree in English Lit. Features an introduction by Michael Nava. Dale rated it really liked it Aug 12, Other Additional information for this profile was obtained through an interview with Larry Duplechan on September 28, Preview — Blackbird by Larry Duplechan.


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Johnnie Ray spent the majority of the book doing three things: The hero, Johnnie Ray Rousseau, quickly announces he’s no Holden Caufield, “”with all that dire teen-age alienation schtick””; instead, he’s a comforting soul to friends, an endearing wisecracker who’s sometimes corny but often cleveran ace drama student, a horny virgin and an animated host to some pretty predictable farewell-to-high-school adventures. This was a decent coming of age story of a gay teenager.

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Return to Book Page. I enjoyed this book. Does it perpetuate the old myth that homosexuals find all members of the same sex attractive? For his 40th birthday a friend gave him a book by the scholar and mythologist Joseph Campbell. That said, I would caution that there are a few chapters that contain quite graphic sexual scenes so if that bothers you, this may not be the best book to read. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers.


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However his short stories continued to be anthologized. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Between and Duplechan supported himself as a word processor and secretary. He lives in his hometown of Los Angeles.

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Oct 03, Meg rated it really lwrry it Shelves: Finding none, I decided to create one. By Duplechan was singing his high tenor in a church choir and soloing on ukulele and guitar. Blackbird just didn’t hold my interest because I didn’t care for the main character Johnnie Ray or his friends.

Althought the film appears to be loosely based on the book, the novel is a very good coming to age story that many young gay men face when dealing with their sexuality.