Garrard Conley

  • Boy erased

    Garrard Conley

    Arkansas, 2004. Garrard a dix-neuf ans lorsque ses parents apprennent son homosexualité. Pour ces baptistes ultraconservateurs, la chose est inconcevable : leur fils doit être «guéri».
    Garrard est conduit dans un centre de conversion, où tout est mis en oeuvre pour le forcer à changer. Où la Bible fait loi. Où Harry Potter est un livre déviant, où écouter Beethoven est interdit. Où on lui inflige une véritable torture mentale pour corriger sa prétendue déviance. Mais comment cesser d'être soi-même?

    Entre Call Me By Your Name d'André Aciman et Pourquoi être heureux quand on peut être normal? de Jeanette Winterson, Boy Erased est une immersion glaçante dans l'intégrisme religieux, le portrait émouvant d'un jeune gay en plein doute mais aussi un message d'espoir sur l'affirmation de soi. Récit autobiographique acclamé par la critique et les lecteurs, traduit dans le monde entier, Boy Erased est adapté au cinéma en 2019 par Joel Edgerton avec Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman et Russell Crowe.

  • A beautiful, raw and compassionate memoir about identity, love and understanding. The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to “cure” him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. Through an institutionalized Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness. By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heart-breaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds.

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