Funny Boy Shyam Selvadurai

Funny Boy

Author: Shyam Selvadurai
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Book Title
Funny Boy
Author
Shyam Selvadurai
ISBN
9780062392985
An evocative coming-of-age novel about growing up gay in Sri Lanka during the Tamil-Sinhalese conflict--one of the country's most turbulent and deadly periods.Arjie is "funny."The second son of a privileged family in Sri Lanka, he prefers staging make-believe wedding pageants with his female cousins to battling balls with the other boys. When his parents discover his innocent pastime, Arjie is forced to abandon his idyllic childhood games and adopt the rigid rules of an adult world. Bewildered by his incipient sexual awakening, mortified by the bloody Tamil-Sinhalese conflicts that threaten to tear apart his homeland, Arjie painfully grows toward manhood and an understanding of his own "different" identity.Refreshing, raw, and poignant, Funny Boy is an exquisitely written, compassionate tale of a boy's coming-of-age that quietly confounds expectations of love, family, and country as it delivers the powerful message of staying true to one's self no matter the obstacles.--BooklistBinding Type: PaperbackAuthor: Shyam SelvaduraiPublisher: William Morrow & CompanyPublished: 07/14/2015ISBN: 9780062392985Pages: 320Weight: 0.55lbsSize: 8.40h x 5.70w x 0.80dReview Citations: Library Journal 04/01/2015 pg. 78

An evocative coming-of-age novel about growing up gay in Sri Lanka during the Tamil-Sinhalese conflict--one of the country's most turbulent and deadly periods.

Arjie is "funny."

The second son of a privileged family in Sri Lanka, he prefers staging make-believe wedding pageants with his female cousins to battling balls with the other boys. When his parents discover his innocent pastime, Arjie is forced to abandon his idyllic childhood games and adopt the rigid rules of an adult world. Bewildered by his incipient sexual awakening, mortified by the bloody Tamil-Sinhalese conflicts that threaten to tear apart his homeland, Arjie painfully grows toward manhood and an understanding of his own "different" identity.

Refreshing, raw, and poignant, Funny Boy is an exquisitely written, compassionate tale of a boy's coming-of-age that quietly confounds expectations of love, family, and country as it delivers the powerful message of staying true to one's self no matter the obstacles.

--Booklist

Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Shyam Selvadurai
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Published: 07/14/2015
ISBN: 9780062392985
Pages: 320
Weight: 0.55lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.70w x 0.80d

Review Citations: Library Journal 04/01/2015 pg. 78

An evocative coming-of-age novel about growing up gay in Sri Lanka during the Tamil-Sinhalese conflict--one of the country's most turbulent and deadly periods.

Arjie is "funny."

The second son of a privileged family in Sri Lanka, he prefers staging make-believe wedding pageants with his female cousins to battling balls with the other boys. When his parents discover his innocent pastime, Arjie is forced to abandon his idyllic childhood games and adopt the rigid rules of an adult world. Bewildered by his incipient sexual awakening, mortified by the bloody Tamil-Sinhalese conflicts that threaten to tear apart his homeland, Arjie painfully grows toward manhood and an understanding of his own "different" identity.

Refreshing, raw, and poignant, Funny Boy is an exquisitely written, compassionate tale of a boy's coming-of-age that quietly confounds expectations of love, family, and country as it delivers the powerful message of staying true to one's self no matter the obstacles.

--Booklist

Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Shyam Selvadurai
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Published: 07/14/2015
ISBN: 9780062392985
Pages: 320
Weight: 0.55lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.70w x 0.80d

Review Citations: Library Journal 04/01/2015 pg. 78