Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Literary Blue

This was orginally on my list of "Must Read Summer Books." It was taken off my list because it was reviewed in a previous issue. So, here's what I wrote:

Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal (Kensington)

Kiran Sharma is a twelve year old doll-playing-ballet-dancing American boy of Indian descent. From the very first page, Kiran will charm the pants off of you. He says, “I’m surprised that my mother still doesn’t know. Surely she must notice her cosmetics diminishing every day. Surely she has noticed that the ends of her lipsticks are rounded, their pointy tips dulled by frequent application to my tiny but full mouth.” And young Kiran wants to be a God, the Hindu deity Krishna. His divine path makes for a memorable journey.


Peter Wallace said...

Have you read "God Says No" by James Hannaham yet? I'm enjoying that.


circuitmouse said...

"Blue Boy" was a great mix of precocious humor with poignancy. In the argument of 'what makes a gay book?' it shows an irrefutable gay sensibility without chocolate martinis or any of the pop culture references au courant ...but I wouldn't be surprised if some one tried imbibing silver just to see if they could could get that hue.