The Deception of the Thrush

The Deception of the Thrush by Bruce P. Spang 193973942X 9781939739421
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In 1964, Jason Follett is an athlete and a fraternity brother at his small-town college. He tries to seem like every other student, but he is hiding a secret that could destroy his hopes of fitting in-he is attracted to other men. After Jason is caught vandalizing another students room in an attempt to prove his masculinity, his repressed anger erupts and he gets into a violent fight with a friend. His days of being just another student on campus abruptly come to an end. Rejected by his classmates, Jason is drawn to the anti-war and civil rights movements. But even though he can stand up against war and racism, he still cant stand up for himself.

As the nation is shattered by the horrors of the Vietnam War and the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and John F. Kennedy, Jason is torn: His parents want him to accept being drafted, but he doesnt want to risk his life for the war he protests. With the possibility of being forced to fight looming over his head, Jason must choose whether to appease his parents or finally be true to who he really is.

"Bruce Spangs novel is a moving, authentic depiction of one young mans progress from the dread of being labeled a "homo" to an awareness of how honesty, be it sexual, political or personal, has its own particular and crucial rewards. The story Spang tells is generational but also perennial: the search for a meaningful identity in a world that seems hell-bent on thwarting that search. The lives of men can be a terrible thing to contemplate. Bruce Spang is both acute and compassionate in his rendering of this story."

-Baron Wormser, author of Teach Us That Peace

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Author: Bruce P. Spang

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 468

Publisher: RiverRun Select

Publication Date: 2014-07-28


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