The End of Eddy

The End of Eddy

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An autobiographical novel about growing up gay in a working-class town in Picardy.

“Every morning in the bathroom I would repeat the same phrase to myself over and over again . . . Today I’m really gonna be a tough guy.” Growing up in a poor village in northern France, all Eddy Bellegueule wanted was to be a man in the eyes of his family and neighbors. But from childhood, he was different—“girlish,” intellectually precocious, and attracted to other men.… (more)

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Louis' account of growing up gay and poor in a working-class village isn't only a story about France. Just released in a highly readable translation by Michael Lucey, this painfully insightful tale of entrapment and escape could've easily been set in Michigan or West Virginia.

“The End of Eddy,” however, is not just a remarkable ethnography. It is also a mesmerizing story about difference and adolescence, one that is far more realistic than most.

Breugel’s ironic, enigmatic landscapes, dating from the 1500s, capture this tension and can still make one shudder with familiarity. “The End of Eddy” has a similar, haunting power.

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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 02, 2017)

Collection: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Format: EPUB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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