Sunday, July 19, 2009
My Father's Scar by Michael Cart
A nuanced and moving account of a young gay man growing up and coming of age in the 1960s. Andy Logan is 18 and in his first year of college, looking back on episodes in his life from age 11 onward. He was a fat bookworm with low self esteem and no friends, but that began to change when he was 12. Later, Andy has a crush on an older boy who goes to the same church and then he has his first physical relationship with another boy, one who is very different in temperament from himself. As he reaches adulthood, he is beginning to deal with the damage wrought upon his psyche by his abusive, alcoholic father.