Raw and moving memoir

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A moving and raw memoir about being gay and Black in America. Brian Broome shares a collection of essays divided into chapters based on a poem by Gwendolyn Brooks. Some of the essays are brutally honest and I’ve seen some feedback that the memoir lacks hope. But I find it difficult to critique someone’s life and experiences. My feedback is based on the writing itself and I appreciated the clever structuring and style.

Gay stories tend to focus on white voices, and it’s crucial to hear from Black people and their experiences and how whiteness impacts the gay “community.”

These essays are vivid and memorable and offer a different perspective on being gay as it intersects with race in America. I look forward to reading more from Brian Broome in the years to come.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital ARC. This was my honest review.