“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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After Boackbird SwingDuplechan took a hiatus from writing for several years and returned to singing, founding an a cappella vocal group and participating in community choirs after the home he shared with Harvey was damaged in the Northridge earthquake. From inside the book. Seeking relief from the stress, Duplechan, Harvey, and two other men formed an a cappella singing group.

My boyfriend committed suicide. Like sure, bad stuff happens, but through it all it’s presented in a stoic, witty, realistic light. Name Email Your email address will be altered so spam harvesting bots can’t read it easily. Each balckbird, 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.


I recently watched the movie based on the book, but enjoyed the book much better than the film depiction. Jul 13, Anthony Salazar rated it liked it.

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Content on this website is from high-quality, licensed material originally published in print form. J-L rated it liked it Nov 03, Michael Nava Goodreads Author Introduction. Of course from present perspective you can even ask yourself why it was big deal to publish novel like this or even skip the fact that main character is homosexual like I almost did with this one but I presume than the they were pioneers.

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Browse our editors’ picks for the best books of the year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children’s books, and much more. May 01, Gina rated it liked it. Peggy rated it really liked it May 25, I see why duplechna is a classic gay novel. As of he worked as a litigation secretary at a large law firm. Absolutely loved this book!!!!!! Read more Read less. Aug 12, Bianca Rose rated it liked it.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Paperbackpages. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The only part of the book that was a little over the top that I didn’t care for was the exorcism scene. Sep 18, Rena rated it it was amazing Shelves: If you are a young gay man and in for an uplifting read, than this could be your pick.


I enjoyed lzrry book. Duplechan was born on December 30, in Los Angeles, California. 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.


As of he had contracted with a New York publisher for a new novel featuring Johnnie Ray Rousseau. Turned down vlackbird the spring play as ofthis small Mormon and Baptist town won’t allow a black to kiss a white onstageJohnnie Ray ventures up to a junior college drama audition and meets his first true love, a laid-back year-old student filmmaker, who provides a blissful introduction to gay sex and pot before suddenly being called away to a film job.

In after attending his first ukulele concert, Duplechan took up the instrument. Not exceptional; not terrible. Additional information for this profile was obtained through an interview with Larry Duplechan on September 28, Get to Know Us.

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