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Since I Laid My Burden Down

Purnell, Brontez
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Cipher Press
Published: August 12, 2021
ISBN: 9781838390006
195 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom

£9.99

A hilarious, and heart-breaking cult novel about growing up black, queer, and punk.

When DeShawn hears news of his uncle’s death, his riotous big-city life in San Francisco is abruptly put on hold while he travels back to his Alabama hometown for the funeral. While there, he’s hit by flashbacks of growing up queer and black in the ’80s South, of a youth filled with strong women, bewildered boys, and messed up queers.

Wading through prickly reminders of his childhood, of sweltering Sundays, church, family, and the men he once knew, Deshawn reconnects with his old self and the ghosts of his past. A raw, dirty, hilarious, and heart-breaking novel about the experiences that shape us, Since I Laid My Burden Down asks the intimate question: who deserves love?

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