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The untold own lifestyles tale of the novelist whom Gore Vidal has hailed as “one of the few unique American writers of the final century.” John Rechy’s first novel, City of Night, is a contemporary vintage and his next physique of labor has stored him between America’s most vital writers. Now, for the 1st time, he writes approximately his existence, in a quantity that could be a testomony to the facility of satisfaction and self-acceptance. Rechy used to be raised Mexican-American in Texas, at a time whilst Latino young ones have been regularly discriminated opposed to. As he grew older—and as his fascination with a infamous saved lady from his formative years deepened—Rechy grew to become acutely aware that his changes lay not only in his historical past yet in his sexuality. whereas he played the jobs others sought after for him, he by no means allowed them to outline him—whether it was once the authoritarians within the U.S. military throughout the Korean struggle, the bigoted family of his Anglo university classmates, or the boys and ladies who sought after him to be anything he used to be now not. About My existence and the saved Woman is as a lot a portrait of intolerance as of someone who defied it to forge his personal path.

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