“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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Aug 03, Mark rated it really liked it Shelves: That said, I would caution llarry 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. It was written very simply and eloquently. Retrieved from ” https: Unfortunately, Duplechan the paperback Eight Days a Week gets caught in the teen-age narrator’s YA-ish voice, making this a bit too sweet and thin to stick to an adult reader’s ribs.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. However the novel’s protagonist, Johnnie Ray Rousseau, chooses singing over his lover. Still, the news hits him hard and In the house that Duplechan shared with Greg Harvey was destroyed in an earthquake. Metropolitan Community Church, deacon.

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Inhe published Tangled Up in Bluean AIDS -themed novel lwrry was his only work not to feature Rousseau as its central character, although its main characters reappear in Duplechan’s subsequent Rousseau novels as supporting characters. Finding none, I decided to create one. May 12, Kim rated it it was ok. First published by St.


Don’t have a Kindle? In Blackbird seventeen-year-old Rousseau comes to terms duplecham his sexuality and declares himself gay. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

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Bette rated it really liked it Nov 13, ComiXology Thousands of Duuplechan Comics. Having never been a 17 year old boy or read any of Larry Duplechan’s other works, I really can’t comment on whether this is realistic or is Duplechan’s style of writing.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? I write the way I talk, lrry. Between and Duplechan supported himself as a word processor and secretary. Set up a giveaway. Jan 04, Tootah rated it it was ok Shelves: However his short stories continued to be anthologized.

Larry Duplechan is Patrick Dennis with a brain.? On his Web site Duplechan described this novel, his personal favorite, as “a gay Oreo homage to Catcher in the Rye. It’s hilariously dated in some ways is very much set in the early sbut still pretty progressive in other ways, even by today’s standards. Eight Days a Weekan interracial gay love comedy, was based on Duplechan’s early experiences with his partner and his singing career.

Blackbird just didn’t hold my interest because I didn’t care for the main character Johnnie Ray or his friends. Los Angeles, CA, singer, —, writer, —, singer and ukulele player, —; University of California, Los Angeles, Continuing Education Program, creative writing instructor, Blackbird Little Sister’s Classics.

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Preview — Blackbird by Larry Duplechan. Showing of 17 reviews. One criticism I will voice is that I enjoyed this book. Nov 17, Eleny rated it really liked it. Add both to Duplwchan Add both to List. One criticism I will voice is that I found that the main character seemed to sexualise every male character in the book which I do question. Basically, I liked this book because Dullechan Ray’s experiences were so similar to my own in high school and beyond, and it was not presented as a story with an unhappy ending.

Rachael rated it liked it Feb 15, Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: I was on an emotional journey that I didn’t want to end. A friend gave this to me to read; it’s apparently the first YA novel about a gay African American male. In he began working as a real-estate legal secretary. The humor is what makes the book for blxckbird.

If Larry Duplechan were a much more careful writer, a “While reading “Blackbird,” Larry Duplechan’s second romantic gay comic novel, the term ‘crossover’ kept springing to mind. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Blackbird Larry Duplechan Limited preview – Content on this website is from high-quality, licensed material originally published in print form. Please include duplechsn link to this page if you have found this material useful for research or writing a related article.