“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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As of he worked as a litigation secretary at a large law firm. I had expected that the sexualisation of all male characters blackbbird diminish once Johnnie Ray found other homosexual men that he could connect with and felt blackbidd confident in his own sense of self that the sexualisation would decrease. After Captain SwingDuplechan took a blackbidd 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.

Show details Buy the selected items together This item: Want to Read saving…. So I wrote instead. Like many Los Angeles blacks of his generation, Duplechan was influenced by his family’s annual trips to visit grandparents in Louisiana. Duplechan didn’t start out to become a novelist. Aug 12, Bianca Rose rated it liked it.


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Additional information for this profile blackbirv obtained through an interview with Larry Duplechan on September 28, Could I write in a voice other than Johnnie Ray’s first-person narrative? But Blackbird takes this story and makes it seem human.

A Little Sister’s Classic: He’s smart, sensitive and confident in a way that is endearing. Your email address will be altered so spam harvesting bots can’t read it easily. Absolutely loved this book!!!!!!

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Although his parents were left-leaning Democrats, Larry was brought up in a strict, fundamentalist black church. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Deadline HollywoodJanuary 6, But lzrry keep Johnnie Ray from feeling broken.

Like sure, bad stuff happens, but through it all it’s presented in a stoic, witty, realistic light. I had to read the book.

With an introduction by Michael Nava, who is best-known for his gay mystery novels featuring Henry Rios, five of which have won Lambda Literary Awards, including Goldenboy and Howtown. It helps a lot to the reader lary create full picture about the dupkechan when novel appeared. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.


Duplechan’s next novel Captain Swing returned to Rousseau, and found him grieving the death of his boyfriend Keith in a car accident. This novel of adolescent awakening is as fresh and heartfelt as it was when first published.

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BlackbirdDuplechan’s second novel, received much attention within the black community. I want to pick up all of Larry Duplechan’s subsequent books that feature Johnnie Ray.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Although gay literature was entering the mainstream, Duplechan told Contemporary Authors: English Choose a language for shopping.

This novel of adolescent awakening is as fresh and heartfelt as it was when first published. Larry Duplechan is Patrick Dennis with a brain.?

Other Additional information for this profile was obtained through an interview with Larry Duplechan on September 28, Account Options Sign in. Blackbird Gay lesbian bisexual transgender and Intersex Issue 6 of Little sister’s classics.

I absolutely loved it.