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Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal (FRIDAY book club)

  • Jul 11, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • Andi's Apt.

Blue Boy is a bittersweet, humorous, story about Kiran, a 12-year-old queer  Indian-American  adolescent growing up in Ohio, discovering how different he is from everyone while dealing with his differences with the aplomb, dignity, and life-joy of someone with an amazing sense of self despite the scorn he is subjected to from the Indian community, his classmates, and parents. In Kiran’s vision, he is simply fabulous.

Some of the story is based author, Rakesh Satyal’s own  life and experience. At
the end of the book, there is a  Q&A where  he is asked what he would like
people to take away from the book. He summarizes:  

"Most importantly, I want them to have laughed good-heartedly. And I want them to have seen the world somewhat differently--to understand how hard childhood can be for the culturally and sexually marginalized but also how such isolation affords a child a very strong sense of self."

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  • Crystal L.

    Not feeling well. :-( Not going to make it tonight. I thought the book was just alright. Nice quick read though. See you all in August!

    July 11, 2014

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