Not Like Other Boys by Christopher Shyer

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This frank memoir chronicles the long journey mother and son took from shame and concealment to acceptance and love. In alternating voices, this poignant book describes the parallel lives of a mother and son during the painful years that they kept silent, even though they both suspected that Chris was gay. Chris tells of his ongoing struggle to change his sexual orientation, and Marlene's attempt to control her son's sexual future.

About Christopher Shyer

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Shyer has published 15 books, over 100 short stories, a play and many travel articles. She divides her time between New York City and Westchester. Shyer received an MBA from Columbia University and worked as a marketing professional. He is currently president of his family's eyewear company.
Published February 21, 1996 by Houghton Mifflin. 259 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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But while her additional burden was always to fear while never knowing for sure whether Chris was gay (he came out to her only a few years ago), Chris's was to know he was gay and have no apparent role models and no one to confer with about his dilemma.

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``Mom, I don't know how to tell you this... I'm gay,'' Christopher Shyer, then 26, told his mother, Marlene, on Thanksgiving Day 1987. How he summoned the courage to come out, after years of torment,

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Marlene, a novelist, children's-book author and journalist, worried obsessively from the time Chris was five that he'd become a homosexual and dragged him to psychotherapists seeking assurance that he was ``normal.'' She eventually overcame her homophobia, but Chris's father (whom Marlene subsequ...

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