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Young, black and gay, high-school student Johnnie Ray Rousseau has an all- consuming affair with a blond, godlike filmmaker. PW noted that the author. 10 Apr Interview with Larry Duplechan, one of the first writers to explore the recent film version of his book, “Blackbird,” he rarely minces words. First published by St. Martin’s Press in , Blackbird is a funny, moving, coming -of-age novel about growing up black and gay in southern California. The lead.

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Duplechan was born on December 30, in Los Angeles, California. Preview — Blackbird by Larry Duplechan. It’s a romance on different levels with caring and likeable characters and I warmly recommend it. He began performing on the ukulele circuit and in wrote his first song, “Honolulu Surfer Boy,” a tribute to Brian Blacckbird and the Beach Boys.

larrj The way society handled with teen duplechna, homo and hetero sexuality, religion, teen suicide, queer bashing, child abuse, has been described fantastically.

Duplechan and Harvey legally married induring the period between the initial legalization of same-sex marriage in California and the passage of Proposition 8. Even though the main character and I have grown up in completely different time periods, I still really related to in so many ways. For example, whatever happened to David, his younger brother, who because he was better-looking, played a significant role in how Johnny Ray viewed himself? Such a good read. Open Blaclbird See a Problem?


First published by St. It’s hilariously dated in some ways is very much set in the early sbut still pretty progressive in other ways, even by today’s standards.

Absolutely loved this book!!!!!!

Blackbird (Johnnie Ray Rousseau) by Larry Duplechan

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All the while, he’s intrigued by Marshall MacNeill, whom he meets at an audition, surely the sexiest man to walk God’s green earth–at least according to Johnnie Ray. Return to Book Page.

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duplechn This page was last edited on 12 Octoberat Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. First published inBlackbird is a funny, moving, coming-of-age novel about growing up black and gay. Got ‘Til It’s Gone.


Do you work in the book industry? Sep 20, Braeden rated it liked it Shelves: Could I write believable Caucasian characters? However the novel’s protagonist, Johnnie Larfy Rousseau, chooses singing over his lover.


The main character is a young, gay, black teen, and his descriptions of high school somehow manage to be simultaneously witty and scarily accurate. It did reduce slightly just not to the extent that I expected. Read reviews that mention coming of age age story ray rousseau gay blackbird duplechan coming-of-age larry.

That said, I would caution that there are a few chapters that contain quite graphic sexual scenes so if that bothers you, this may not be the best book to read.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I can’t wait to see how Patrik Ian Polk has translated it into film. You can always be sure you’re reading unbiased, factual, and accurate information. I absolutely loved it. This was fast and easy read in which I really enjoyed.