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Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith and Family


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Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith and Family

Garrard Conley

ISBN 9780008276980

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Lucas Hedges, Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman. Written and directed by Joel Edson
‘A necessary, beautiful book’ Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You

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 institutionalised 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 heartbreaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds.













The Author

Garrard Conley's fiction and nonfiction can be found in Time, Vice and on, Buzzfeed, and elsewhere. He has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and Elizabeth Kostova Foundation writers' conferences. A finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Boy Erased, Conley lives and teaches in Brooklyn, New York.








Reviews, News & Interviews:

Boy Erased is a necessary, beautiful book. Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You
It is just so beautifully written and so powerful… if you’re just someone who likes to read a passionate and beautifully written story, then this book is for you. Nihal Arthanayake, BBC Radio 5Live
A brave, powerful meditation on identity and faith. Buzzfeed
An elegant memoir…Conley is a thoughtful writer. Aaron Hicklin, Observer
The power of Conley’s story resides not only in the vividly depicted grotesqueries of the therapy system, but in his lyrical writing about sexuality and love, and his reflections on the Southern family and culture that shaped him. Los Angeles Times