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"After three years in Milan, Matteo returns home to the provincial country town where he was born and from which he had fled. Coming out as a young gay man in a provincial country town had led to ugly clashes with his conservative father, and the urban metropolis of Milan had been a welcome change from the stifling small town life of his childhood and the anger and bewilderment of some members of his family. But now, Matteo finds himself with little choice but to return home, with no money, no job, and an uncertain future, like so many other young people of his millennial generation. Afraid of encountering his estranged father, he instead takes refuge with his extended family, at a house shared by his grandmother, three aunts, and his very pregnant cousin. As he tries to rebuild his life, reconnecting with the women of his family and old hometown friends, he warily confronts a few truths about the other generations of his family--from their bigotry to their love, and tolerance, and acceptance--and a few truths about himself, including his fears of confrontation and commitment"
Publisher: [St. Louis, Missouri] : Lion Forge, LLC, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781941302507
Characteristics: 138 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm


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Oct 08, 2018

I really appreciated this reflective, compassionate book about a young gay man returning to his small town. Matteo had clashed with his conservative father and moved to Milan, but now he needs a place to live, so he ends up crashing at a family home with five of his adult female relatives: a grandmother, three aunts, and his pregnant cousin. I'm always wary of books that I sense might ask queer characters to too-easily forgive bigoted family members, but in this case it's more that everyone has something to learn from reconnecting, with Matteo needing to step into adulthood and learn to stand up for himself as well as respect the value of the family he does have. Quite lovely.


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