Stories for Boys: A Memoir

Stories for Boys: A Memoir Review

In this memoir of fathers and sons, Gregory Martin struggles to reconcile the father he thought he knew with a man who has just survived a suicide attempt; a man who had been having anonymous affairs with men throughout his thirty-nine years of marriage; and who now must begin his life as a gay man. At a tipping point in our national conversation about gender and sexuality, rights and acceptance, Stories for Boys is about a father and a son finding a way to build a new relationship with one another after years of suppression and denial are given air and light.
MartinOCOs memoir is quirky and compelling with its amateur photos and grab-bag social science and literary analyses. Gregory Martin explores the impact his fatherOCOs lifelong secrets have upon his life now as a husband and father of two young boys with humor and bracing candor. Stories for Boys is resonant with conflicting emotions and the complexities of family sympathy, and asks the questions: How well do we know the people that we think we know the best? And how much do we have to know in order to keep loving them?"

Title:Stories for Boys: A Memoir
Edition Language:English

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  • Abby

    Yet another disappointing Seattle Reads selection. In 2013, only a few months after gay marriage was legalized in Washington, it feels really retrograde to read the story of a closeted gay man filtere...

  • Bethany Rose

    What an incredibly brave book. In discussing issues of identity, sexuality, and gender roles it is often easier to divorce our opinions from lived human experiences. Easier to speak from the pages of ...

  • Jennifer

    I really, really wanted to love this book. We are doing it for All Seattle Reads, and I was so excited to be doing a memoir, a book about queer issues, and something contemporary. I agree with another...

  • Austen to Zafón

    I picked this up at the library thinking it was going to be stories for, you know, boys. I have a boy; he likes stories. Anyway, it turned out not to be that at all, but I checked it out anyway and I'...

  • Maria Paiz

    In his soul-wrenching introspective memoir, Gregory Martin delves deeply into the whirlwind that shook up his family after his father's attempted suicide and ensuing admission of homosexuality. What I...

  • Susan

    Really don't get why this book was published. It's a series of journalistic blog posts at best, the writing very pedestrian. Packaged as a memoir, it consists of short chapters of the author coping wi...

  • Will

    After the chapter dedicated to the author's triumph in building a tree-house (boh-ring!), I'm done. My kindle shows I've read 50% and that's a fair trial. The book started out promising, even inspirin...

  • Jim Loter

    I echo what many reviewers have said: I felt the real focal point of this book was with the father, whom we only glimpse in a few letters and through the wounded eyes of his son, the author. As a fath...

  • Cynthia Patton

    I loved Greg Martin's first memoir, Mountain City, but I love this one even more. It's a beautiful book about how, despite a long marriage and seemingly happy life, the author's father attempts suicid...

  • Gary Lee

    This book started off strong, but soon devolved into rather trivial introspection and navel-gazing.I would have liked more information about Martin's father, since he was the center of the narrative, ...