Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story

Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story
Monette, Paul

A child of the 1950s from a small New England town, "perfect Paul" earns straight A's and shines in social and literary pursuits, all the while keeping a secret -- from himself and the rest of the world. Struggling to be, or at least to imitate, a straight man, through Ivy League halls of privilege and bohemian travels abroad, loveless intimacy and unrequited passion, Paul Monette was haunted, and finally saved, by a dream of "the thing I'd never even seen: two men in love and laughing." Searingly honest, witty, and humane, Becoming a Man is the definitive coming-out story in the classic coming-of-age genre.


(Nonfiction, 1992) This memoir reflects on the author's life as "perfect Paul" Monette as he struggles to find himself and come out of the closet.

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