Lone Stars

Lone Stars

Book - 2021 | First edition.
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"Lone Stars follows the arc of four generations of a Texan family in a changing America. Julian Warner, a father at last, wrestles with a question his husband posed: what will you tell our son about the people you came from, now that they're gone? Finding the answers takes Julian back in time to Eisenhower's immigration border raids, an epistolary love affair during the Vietnam War, crumbling marriages, queer migrations to Cambridge and New York, up to the disorienting polarization of Obama's second term. And in these answers lies a hope: that by uncloseting ourselves - as immigrants, smart women, gay people - we find power in empathy."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : St. Martin's Press, an imprint of St. Martin's Publishing Group, 2021.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9781250256102
1250256100
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 22 cm

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brangwinn
Feb 02, 2021

Another outstanding debut novel this week. Deabler’s protagonist is a gay man who grew up in conservative Texas. Julian mother doted on him, recognized his intelligence, and homeschooled him for his early years. His father, a Vietnam veteran, had girlfriend after girlfriend and the marriage finally ended in divorce. Justin struggled with his sexual identity, but entering Harvard early, he could finally become the person he really was. In the introduction, we are introduced to Justin and his husband as they welcome a new baby to their home. The book, at times, was uncomfortable as the reader became emotionally involved with Julian, but in the end, it is a triumph on standing up for who you are.

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