A Question of Manhood by Robin Reardon

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November 1972. The Vietnam War is rumored to be drawing to a close, and for sixteen-year-old Paul Landon, the end can’t come soon enough. The end will mean his older brother Chris, the family’s golden child, returning home from the Army for good. But while home on leave, Chris entrusts Paul with a secret: He’s gay. And when Chris is killed in action, Paul is beset by grief and guilt, haunted by knowledge he can’t share.

That summer, Paul is forced to work at his family’s pet supply store. Worse, he must train a new employee, JJ O’Neil, a gay college freshman. But though Paul initially dislikes JJ for being everything he’s not—self-confident, capable, ambitious—he finds himself learning from him. Not just about how to handle the anxious, aggressive dogs JJ so effortlessly calms and trains, but how to stand up for himself—even when it means standing against his father, his friends, and his own fears. Through JJ, Paul finally begins to glimpse who his brother really was—and a way toward becoming the man he wants to be…

Praise for the novels of Robin Reardon

“Stirring…thoughtful and convincing.”--Publishers Weekly on Thinking Straight

“A compelling story well worth your time…Reardon is an author to watch.”--Bart Yates, author of The Brothers Bishop on A Secret Edge

 

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Published October 1, 2010 by Kensington Books. 321 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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