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Vigil for Joe Rose

Whatling Michael

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."
Vigil for Joe Rose
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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.
Author
Whatling Michael
Year
2009
ISBN-10
1440178550
ISBN-13
9781440178559
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2009-10-01
Short Title
VIGIL FOR JOE ROSE
Publisher
iUniverse
Language
English
DEWEY
FIC
Imprint
iUniverse
Subtitle
Stories of Being Out in High School
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
black & white illustrations
Pages
201
20 Sep, 2010
I was surprised that this book wasn’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 don’t always have a lot going on with regards to what happens action-wise, they really give insight into what it’s like to be gay and out in high school. I’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 it’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 it’s not what I expected, I’m glad I read it.
By Jason