What is it like to be "out" in high school today? Is homophobia still rampant, or have things changed? How do the reactions of students, teachers, administrators, and families affect the out gay student?
"A Vigil for Joe Rose" is a collection of stories told with empathy and humour about the experience of being out in high school. As a unified collection, these eight short stories and a novella chart the journey of the main characters from first coming out to their growth into confident young gay men, and the challenges, triumphs, and losses along the way.
A unique "insider's look" told from the point-of-view of teens in high school.
Includes the hit novella The Last Coming Out Story
What readers are saying about "A Vigil for Joe Rose" . . .
"Original and very compelling."
"An intelligent and elegant strike against prejudice that doesn't sacrifice readability in the name of issues."
"Written from the soul with great dignity, charm and wit."
"The characters are engaging and I still find myself thinking about them long after finishing."
"This definitely rises above the pack of recent coming out stories and adds interesting new dimensions."
"It should help to break down barriers in the struggle for acceptance, no matter how disillusioning it is to see that the battle still has to be fought. This is a great work."
MICHAEL WHATLING grew up outside of Montreal, Canada. For a time he escaped and lived in London, Paris, and Tokyo. He holds a Ph.D. in education, and has taught at the elementary, secondary, and university levels. His writing includes short stories, novels, and screenplays. He now lives in the town where he grew up, tormented by intolerance, the need to write, and wild rabbits in his yard.
VIGIL FOR JOE ROSE
Stories of Being Out in High School
Country of Publication
black & white illustrations
20 Sep, 2010
I was surprised that this book wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t non-fiction, but, rather, reads like a book of fiction although the introduction states it is based on true stories. Once I got over that, though, it was a very good read. Very accessible by its format. While some of the stories donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t always have a lot going on with regards to what happens action-wise, they really give insight into what itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s like to be gay and out in high school. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never encountered a book like that and I doubt there are any.
The most enjoyable story is the novella, The Last Coming Out Story. It opened a world that I never knew about. And itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s very funny. I found myself laughing out loud when I never do that when reading.
All in all this is an important book that should be read by everyone in education. There are some amazing stories here and while itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not what I expected, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m glad I read it.