Husky by Justin Sayre

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This is not at its heart a book about sexuality but about humanity. And while ultimately Davis is given his word, by then he realizes that he is defined by so much more. Humorous and heartfelt.
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"[G]enuinely funny, heart-wrenching . . ." - Kirkus Reviews
"[A] moving journey of self-discovery and a gratifying coming-of-age story." - Publishers Weekly
"Husky . . . is a superb addition to the middle grade literary canon." - VOYA Reviews
"There is not a false note in the writing . . ." - Lambda Literary

A beautifully voiced debut captures an intimate story of change and acceptance.

Twelve-year-old Davis lives in an old brownstone with his mother and grandmother in Brooklyn. He loves people-watching in Prospect Park, visiting his mom in the bakery she owns, and listening to the biggest operas he can find as he walks everywhere.

But Davis is having a difficult summer. As questions of sexuality begin to enter his mind, he worries people don’t see him as anything other than “husky.” To make matters worse, his best girlfriends are starting to hang out with mean girls and popular boys. Davis is equally concerned about the distance forming between him and his single mother as she begins dating again, and about his changing relationship with his amusingly loud Irish grandmother, Nanny.

Ultimately, Davis learns to see himself outside of his one defining adjective. He’s a kid with unique interests, admirable qualities, and people who will love him no matter what changes life brings about.
 

About Justin Sayre

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Justin Sayre’s career as a writer and a performer is exploding. Having staged successful shows off-Broadway in NYC for years, Michael Patrick King (of Sex and the City fame) brought Justin out to Los Angeles to write for 2 Broke Girls and he has successfully maintained his NYC gigs while also showcasing his original work on stage in LA. Next year he will write for and appear on the comeback of Lisa Kudrow’s The Comeback. He was once compared to Oscar Wilde (meets Whoopi Goldberg) by Michael Musto and when you meet him and fall in love with his ability to tell a good joke and a better story, you’ll understand why.
Author Residence: Justin Sayre lives in Brooklyn, New York and writes in Los Angeles, California.
 
Published September 22, 2015 by Grosset & Dunlap. 251 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Apr 29 2015

This is not at its heart a book about sexuality but about humanity. And while ultimately Davis is given his word, by then he realizes that he is defined by so much more. Humorous and heartfelt.

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