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Blackbird (Little Sister's Classics) Paperback – May 1, 2006
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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 "captures the bouncy exuberance of California adolesence" while "exploiting some of the cliches of gay society."
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"Blackbird" soars?it's a funny, beautifully written novel. I fell in love with Johnnie Ray. Larry Duplechan is Patrick Dennis with a brain.?Vito Russo--Vito Russo "Vito Russo "
"Blackbird" just wasn't the first Black gay coming out tale; it was?and still is?one of the quirkiest and funniest novels I've ever read. Duplechan's lyrical, free-floating prose is joyful, even when tackling teen angst and (gasp!) an exorcism. And while the worlds they exist in and world views they possess are very different, Johnnie Ray Rousseau helped pave the literary road that my own fictional creations, Mitchell "Little Bit" Crawford & Raheim "Pooquie" Rivers, have traveled. There are very few books that, when mentioned, make me smile; "Blackbird" is on that very short list.?James Earl Hardy, author of the "B-Boy Blues" series--James Earl Hardy "James Earl Hardy "