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Exclusive Excerpts from Edmund White’s A Boy’s Own Story

Edmund White's A Boy's Own Story: The Graphic Novel

One of acclaimed novelist Edmund White’s semi-autobiographical books is adapted into a graphic novel format with A Boy’s Own Story.

The novel, originally published in 1982, was hailed as a cross between J.D. Salinger and Oscar Wilde by the New York Times. The novel was a powerful contribution to the literature that pioneered the portrayal of homosexuality and the empowerment that grew out of the Stonewall riots and the subsequent gay rights era.

Here is the official description:

A Boy’s Own Story is now-classic coming-of-age story, but with a twist: the young protagonist is growing up gay during one of the most oppressive periods in American history. Set in the time and place of author Edmund White’s adolescence, the Midwest of the 1950s, the novel became an immediate bestseller and, for many readers, was not merely about gay identity but the pain of being a child in a fractured family while looking for love in an anything-but-stable world. And yet the book quickly contributed to the literature of empowerment that grew out of the Stonewall riots and subsequent gay rights era. Readers are still swept up in the main character’s thoughts and dry humor, and many today remain shocked by the sexually confessional, and bold, nature of his revelations, his humorous observations, the comic situations and scenes the strangely erudite youthful narrator describes, the tenderness of his loneliness, and the vivid aching of his imagination. A Boy’s Own Story is lyrical, witty, unabashed, and authentic.

Now, to bring this landmark novel to new life for today’s readers, White is joined by co-writers brian Alessandro and Michael Carroll and artist Igor Karash for a stunning graphic novel interpretation. The poetic nuances of White’s language flow across sumptuously painted panels that evoke 1950s Cincinnati, 1980s Paris, and every dreamlike moment in between. The result is a creative adaptation of the original 1982 A Boy’s Own Story with additional personal and historical elements from the authors’ lives.

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Top Shelf Productions released Edmund White’s A Boy’s Own Story: The Graphic Novel today.

LRM Online has some exclusive excerpts from the graphic novel that tells a part of the story and the mesmerizing artwork.

Check out the excerpts below. Let us know what you think of them.

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Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Top Shelf Productions

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