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By John Rechy

Gore Vidal has hailed John Rechy as “one of the few unique American writers of the final century,” and Michael Cunningham has referred to as him an writer “whose lifestyles is nearly as attention-grabbing, and significant, as his work.” Rechy’s long-awaited memoir,About My lifestyles and the stored Woman, is the author’s first open remedy of his life—and a testomony to the ability of delight and self-acceptance. Raised Mexican-American in El Paso, Texas, at a time while Latino young ones have been generally segregated, Rechy was once usually assumed to be Anglo as a result of his gentle pores and skin, and had his identify “changed” for him by way of a instructor, from Juan to John. As he grew older—and as his fascination with the reminiscence of a infamous saved lady in his early life deepened—Rechy turned conscious that his ameliorations lay not only in his historical past, yet in his sexuality. A relocating, strong tale of a existence that bears witness to a few of the main riotous adjustments of the past...

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Slowly she extended her hand to him. He brought it to his lips and kissed it. The memory of that man kissing my mother’s hand lingered with its hint of kind romance. There had been another hinted possibility to explain my mother’s defense of Marisa Guzman. During those same years, a nun who might have been a spry eighty years old officiated over her own chapel, actually a small house she had converted into a chapel a block away from where we lived, another one in a row of desolate houses occupied by Mexicans.

841 Broadway, New York, NY 10003. Published simultaneously in Canada Printed in the United States of America eBook ISBN-13: 978-1-5558-4811-8 Grove Press an imprint of Grove/Atlantic, Inc. com For the Memory of My Mother I would like to thank Michael Earl Snyder for his steadfast encouragement in the writing of this book This is not what happened; it is what is remembered. Its sequence is the sequence of recollection. ABOUT MY LIFE AND THE KEPT WOMAN 1 I was twelve, and my sister was about to marry her football-captain sweetheart.

I stood glaring at my unfaithful sister. Very soon—too soon—it would be time for the couple to leave on a honeymoon, to Mesita, in New Mexico (where Billy the Kid was said to have lingered and Bonnie and Clyde might have made a visit in honor of his memory). The small town was just a few miles outside El Paso, but that economical honeymoon seemed to me then like a trip to Paris. I ran about the rooms of the house, trying to find a hiding place where I might be discovered, with difficulty, when my sister would begin frantically looking for me, leaving me for the last in her abundant farewells amid drenching tears, jubilant and sad salutes, good wishes, and blessings.

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