Boy erased : a memoir

by Conley, Garrard,

Format: Print Book [2016]
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 14 copies
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C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Non Fiction 92 Conley
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CLP - Allegheny Regional LGBTQ HQ75.8.C665 A3 2016
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Monroeville Public Library Non-fiction 306.766 CONLEY
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"The power of Conley's story resides not only in the vividly depicted grotesqueries of the therapy system, but in his lyrical writing about sexuality and love." -- Los Angeles Times

"This brave and bracing memoir is an urgent reminder that America remains a place where queer people have to fight for their lives... Boy Erased is a necessary, beautiful book." --Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You

A beautiful, raw and compassionate memoir about identity, love and understanding. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Lucas Hedges, directed by Joel Edgerton and produced by Anonymous Content and Focus Features.

The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality.

When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to "cure" him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. Through an institutionalized Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness.

By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heart-breaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "When Conley is raped by an acquaintance as a freshman in college, the assailant then has the remarkable effrontery to call Conley's mother and out him. Deeply disturbed, the parents, in concert with the pastor of their conservative Baptist Missionary Church, decide Conley should be sent for reparative therapy to an organization called Love in Action, which promises to cure him of his homosexuality, utilizing a 12-step program. Can anything good come of this? Conley searches for the answer in this highly introspective memoir. In alternating chapters, the author recounts his life both inside and outside of therapy, including the difficulty of growing up gay in the South. Closely observed feelings are the fuel that drives this complex coming-of-age account. Because Conley lives inside his head, one sometimes wishes for more external action and, especially, a more vivid account of his two-week experience of therapy. Nevertheless, readers share the author's agonies and uncertainties, which result in his ultimate rejection of the now widely discredited LIA experience. Moving and thought-provoking.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this exceptionally well-written memoir, Conley recounts his brief but harrowing time attending Love in Action, an ex-gay ministry. After the man who raped him in college outs him to his Missionary Baptist parents, Conley enters a tailspin that results in seeking conversion therapy to both placate his parents and find his own peace. He nicely weaves the account of his two weeks at Love in Action with stories from his earlier life to present a moving picture of the struggle to be gay-or stop being gay-in a conservative, southern Christian community. Particularly effective is the representation of his parents, who sincerely believe this is best for their son, and his recounting of this world slowly losing its grip on him. Other memoirs of ex-gay therapy survivors recount longer and more involved encounters with the process, but Conley offers enough for readers to understand the main concepts and methods of such groups. This timely addition to the debate on conversion therapy will build sympathy for both children and parents who avail themselves of it while still showing how damaging it can be. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Conley, Garrard.
Gays -- United States -- Biography.
Sexual reorientation programs -- United States.
Ex-gay movement -- United States.
Gays -- Identity.
Gay men -- United States.
Publisher New York :[2016]
Language English
Description 340 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781594633010
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