When Love Comes to Town by Tom Lennon

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The year is 1990, and in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland, Neil Byrne plays rugby, keeps up with the in-crowd at his school, and is just a regular guy. A guy who’s gay. It’s a secret he keeps from the wider world as he explores the city at night and struggles to figure out how to reveal his real self—and to whom. First published in Ireland in 1993 and compared to The Catcher in the Rye by critics, Tom Lennon’s When Love Comes to Town is told with honesty, humor, and originality.

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Tom Lennon was a pseudonym for an Irish writer who felt it necessary to conceal his identity so as not to jeopardize his teaching position at a religious high school in Dublin. He is the author of When Love Comes to Town and his book for adults, Crazy Love. He lived in Ireland until his death in 2002. James Klise is a high school librarian in Chicago, where he advises the school's book club and gay-straight alliance. He also writes novels for young people, including Love Drugged, a Stonewall Honor book, ALA Rainbow List selection, and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.
Published April 16, 2013 by Albert Whitman & Company. 309 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Travel. Fiction

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Coming out in 1992 Dublin.

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An Irish teen slowly comes out as gay in a 20th-anniversary edition of a novel written under a pseudonym, available in the U.S. for the first time. Growing up in the 1990s, Neil Byrne feels lonely and

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