As most things happen around here, I stumbled upon my acquaintance with Perry Brass by serendipity. As you know, I have a soft spot for the underdog and the LGBT population is no different. I find that these kids want very much to be included in the conversation when it comes to Young Adult novels. I’ve been fortunate enough to review some of the more mainstream titles but we still have a long way to go in reaching those kids.
That’s where Perry comes in! I’m featuring his book but I must warn you it is NOT for children. The book is called King of Angels: A Novel about the Genesis of Identity and Belief. It’s a coming of age tale that describes cruelty against children and Jews and is strongly homoerotic. The main character is gay, attends Catholic school and lives in Savannah in the early 1960s. Imagine what a struggle this kid had? I want to feature this book in the hopes that you will find that there are indeed books that include you. And if not, you can write your own!
We all struggle to discover who we are and where we fit in. LGBT teens are no different.
I hope this gets into the hands of a kid who needs it.
Live in the NYC area? This weekend Perry and other members of the LGBT community will hold the Rainbow Book Fair!
It sounds like a lot of fun, I really really really hope to be able to pop up Saturday afternoon after work to check it out and see if I can make some new friends. Unless, I can figure out how to be in two places at the same time…