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Black Sheep Boy: A Novel in Stories #2020

Black Sheep Boy A Novel in Stories Meet a wild hearted boy from the bayou land of Louisiana Misfit outcast loner Call him anything but a victim Sissy fairy Jenny Woman Son of a mixed race Holy Ghost mother and a Cajun French phanto

  • Title: Black Sheep Boy: A Novel in Stories
  • Author: Martin Pousson
  • ISBN: 9781942600374
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Black Sheep Boy: A Novel in Stories By Martin Pousson, Meet a wild hearted boy from the bayou land of Louisiana Misfit, outcast, loner Call him anything but a victim Sissy, fairy, Jenny Woman Son of a mixed race Holy Ghost mother and a Cajun French phantom father In a series of tender and tough stories, he encounters gender outlaws, drag queen renegades, and a rogues gallery of sex starved priests, perverted teachers, andMeet a wild hearted boy from the bayou land of Louisiana Misfit, outcast, loner Call him anything but a victim Sissy, fairy, Jenny Woman Son of a mixed race Holy Ghost mother and a Cajun French phantom father In a series of tender and tough stories, he encounters gender outlaws, drag queen renegades, and a rogues gallery of sex starved priests, perverted teachers, and murderous bar owners To escape his haunted history, the wild hearted boy must shed his old skin and make a new self As he does, his story rises from dark and murk, from moss and mud, to reach a new light and a new brand of fairy tale Cajun legends, queer fantasies, and universal myths converge into a powerful work of counter realism Black Sheep Boy is a song of passion and a novel of defiance.

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    1. I was lucky enough to interview Martin Pousson a few months ago and we became fast friends, but I d only had a chance to read a few of the stories in this book at the time, and so I finally sat down with it properly A novel in stories about a Cajun queer boy growing up in Louisiana, this book is a gorgeous piece of literature I loved the writing, which swoops melodically around while also being totally coherent hard to do , and the flavor of Louisiana and Creole and Cajun traditions and their sl [...]

    2. My daughter and I saw Martin Pousson speak at the LA Festival of books and we loved his vibe We were so pulled into his authenticity we had to buy the book It s a fantastic read It s poetic and honest, painful yet beautiful So many breathtaking sentences just made me stop, and I had to read them over and over Some secrets held such power they had to remain hidden, not in a closet or at the bottom of a chest, but out in the open, where no one would notice As a novel in stories some realistic, som [...]

    3. Full disclosure I ve known Martin Pousson for a long, long time Decades, in fact It can be a little awkward having artists as friends will I like their new work What will I say if I don t Thankfully, that s never been a problem with Martin He s a master of language and a magnificent storyteller.In some ways, Martin and I had similar upbringings Our parents came from humble, country backgrounds Our mothers strove to give us the best of everything clothes, toys, an education, far than they d had [...]

    4. 4.5 stars This is a highly literary work, rather than the common gay romance It s a dense and somewhat difficult read, on the level of a college literature course Readers need to bring their thinking game for this one.After finishing it, I m still not sure how I feel It s extraordinarily well written, and I definitely enjoyed reading something minus the usual tropes and plot devices However, I m not sure I can say I liked it, exactly.What I loved the beautiful prose, the Louisiana setting, and [...]

    5. Colorful writing and a cleverly assembled book Imagery abounds the story is conveyed less through words than it is through pictures Imagine standing before a massive oil painting that contains a whole story on its canvas or a floor to ceiling fresco that covers all four walls of a room That s how Black Sheep Boy is reads word pictures.We follow the life of the narrator from when he s a toddler through early adulthood The perspective is first person but I felt weirdly disconnected from either the [...]

    6. This really is an extraordinarily good piece of writing Queer lit fic, so not MM romance I don t have enough superlatives for the writing and the story There s 24 status updates attached here to give you an idea of the writing, if you re interested.I ll add something here later but a full review is on the blog I can t spoil the book because it s too fluid yet complex to write a spoiler review.

    7. I had the great fortune to see Martin Pousson speak at a panel of LGBTQIA writers at the LA Festival of Books His voice stood out in particular because he championed both an aesthetic and political queerness to me some of the other writers seemed perfectly content writing without plan or purpose and some remained contentedly tone deaf to the urgency of liberation in the current political climate Martin stood true I had a feeling he was doing something right when an audience member asked outright [...]

    8. 3.0 of 5 stars Beautifully Prosaic, But Slow, Hard to Follow Story.This story was beautifully written, but sometimes because of that and because of its structure, it ended up also being a slow and hard to follow story.This was what I call high lit and as is sometimes the case for me, the prosaic style at times got in the way or was too much, almost as if it was written that way just to impress Sometimes I lost the meaning of descriptions that were so obscure that I couldn t grasp the analogy or [...]

    9. Beautiful book Surreal, engaging, imaginative, provocative Weaves words like a tapestry and mesmerizes you like a spell.Full disclosure, I was a student of Martin Pousson s at Cal State Northridge for two semesters He is very kind, and very well read infinitely intelligent and compassionate He s also a master word smith, able to bend and stretch the meaning of every word every way it can go for as far as it can go while still having technically the correct meaning And he is SOOO well read You ca [...]

    10. A good candidate for my best ever fictionish shelf this novel in stories absolutely stunned me I highlighted entire chapters because the writing is just that good and Pousson makes words come together into unforgettable images written with a level of vulnerability that reminds me of Justin Torres, these stories transport the reader deep into a world where real and unreal, true and untrue lose all sense of meaning.

    11. What started off as promising devolved into a nonsensical, self indulgent mess I had high hopes for this book based upon critical reviews, but was so disappointed Rebellious and self loathing is pathetic, not revelatory Polluted with not even gay stereotypes, but homophobic caricatures that made me cringe Lots of self flagellation with zero joy would not recommend this book to anyone.

    12. A Joyfully Jay review 4.25 starsFull disclosure I am probably not smart enough to have read this book, let alone provide a worthy review, but a promise is a promise Pulp fiction this book is not It s firmly in the literary vein PLUS it s not a romance novel, so the structure is far removed from the Bob and Larry wind up falling in love and here s how it happened form What it lacks in familiar tropes, it makes up for with the stunningly rich backdrop of Louisiana bayou starring a hodge podge cast [...]

    13. Black Sheep Boy was a prosaic and personal story about one boy s experiences in the Cajun culture of southern Louisiana.Martin Pousson had a literary style, following in the steps of famous Southern story tellers Those are big shoes to fill, and this does at least a decent job of emulating them with its prosaic images of people, places and culture Although the prose seemed forced at times, not natural to the story, it would still appeal to those who, like me, are willing at times to set aside t [...]

    14. Sometimes the setting and atmosphere takes on a most wonderful revelation into another world Pousson exposes the world of the Acadiana in the bayou of Louisiana This story of family dysfunctional and growing up in this world is illuminating Told in short story format, one learns about Cajun life, customs, superstition It bounces into dream world at times.

    15. I received this book as a First Read It s a nice collection of stories The pace is slow The book is strange and well suited for those who like oddball or quirky stories It provides a nice glimpse into Cajun culture It also makes readers ponder the loss and preservation of culture as different cultures mix.

    16. Deeply emotional Disjointed and disturbing Growing up knowing who you are and living in the only world open to you I was moved Received as a giveaway

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