Since I laid my burden down

by Purnell, Brontez,

Format: Print Book 2017
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DeShawn lives a high, creative, and promiscuous life in San Francisco. But when he's called back to his cramped Southern hometown for his uncle's funeral, he s hit by flashbacks of handsome, doomed neighbors and sweltering Sunday services. Amidst prickly reminders of his childhood, DeShawn ponders family, church, and the men in his life, prompting the question: Who deserves love? A raw, funny, and uninhibited stumble down memory lane, Purnell's debut novel explores how one man's early sexual and artistic escapades grow into a life.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Performance artist Purnell beautifully captures a personality through introspection and memory in this slim novel. The thin plot centers on DeShawn, a gay black man approaching middle age, returning to small-town Alabama after his uncle's death. He moves back in with his mother, a powerful and demanding Baptist preacher with a shrinking congregation. DeShawn's daily encounters send him down nostalgic rabbit holes about the men he has lost through death or other circumstances. He remembers his first lovers, the neighborhood boy who molested him, his stepfather's rages, and other experiences of his deeply constrained Southern upbringing in the 1980s. After fleeing to California at 18, DeShawn falls into an aimless string of sexual encounters and a counterculture lifestyle. While these vignettes do not build up to a coherent narrative, they are carefully drawn, occasionally very funny, and frequently affecting. The even-keeled, almost deadpan way Purnell lays out these tragedies, failures, and losses and the casually explicit tone offer a compelling portrait of a particular disaffected kind of gay youth caught between religion, culture, and desire. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects African American men -- Fiction.
Self-realization -- Fiction.
Gay men -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher New York :2017
Edition First Feminist Press edition.
Language English
Description 166 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781558614314
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