Boy Erased : A Memoir of Identity, Faith and Family
by Garrard Conley
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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SOON A film VEDETTE LUCAS HEDGES, RUSSELL CROWE ET NICOLE KIDMAN, AND WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY JOEL EDGERTON `necessary, beautiful book ” Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You, son of a Baptist pastor and deeply rooted in the life of the church in the small town of Arkansas, a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and in conflict about his sexualityWhen Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was unmasked from his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-conversion therapy program that promised to “cure” homosexuality, or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed for each day of his lifeThrough an institutionalized Twelve Steps Program heavy on the study of the Bible, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, purified from the impure and urged stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sinInstead, even when they are faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to go out in search of his true self and forgivenessBy confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in the shadows, Garrard traces the complex relationships between family, faith, and community.Sometimes heartbreaking, at once triumphant, this memory is a testimony of love that survives despite all the obstacles
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