"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.
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
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.
A movie is in the works starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Lucas
Hedges, directed by Joel Edgerton and produced by Anonymous Content and Focus
Verlag: Random House N.Y. Seiten: 352 S. Erscheinungsjahr: 2017
Ausführung: Kartonierter Einband (Kt)