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Boy Erased - A Memoir

Garrard Conley

"The power of Conley's story resides not only in the vividly depicted grotesqueries of the therapy system, but in his lyrical writing about sexuality and love." -Los Angeles Times "This brave and bracing memoir is an urgent reminder that America remains a place where queer people have to fight for their lives... Boy Erased is a necessary, beautiful book." -Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You A beautiful, raw and compassionate memoir about identity, love and understanding. The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to "cure" him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. Through an institutionalized Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness. By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heart-breaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds. A movie is in the works starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Lucas Hedges, directed by Joel Edgerton and produced by Anonymous Content and Focus Features.

"The power of Conley's story resides not only in the vividly depicted grotesqueries of the therapy system, but in his lyrical writing about sexuality and love." -Los Angeles Times "This brave and bracing memoir is an urgent reminder that America remains a place where queer people have to fight for their lives... Boy Erased is a necessary, beautiful book." -Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You A beautiful, raw and compassionate memoir about identity, love and understanding. The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to "cure" him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. Through an institutionalized Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness. By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heart-breaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds. A movie is in the works starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Lucas Hedges, directed by Joel Edgerton and produced by Anonymous Content and Focus Features.
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"The power of Conley's story resides not only in the vividly depicted grotesqueries of the therapy system, but in his lyrical writing about sexuality and love." -Los Angeles Times "This brave and bracing memoir is an urgent reminder that America remains a place where queer people have to fight for their lives... Boy Erased is a necessary, beautiful book." -Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You A beautiful, raw and compassionate memoir about identity, love and understanding. The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to "cure" him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. Through an institutionalized Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness. By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heart-breaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds. A movie is in the works starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Lucas Hedges, directed by Joel Edgerton and produced by Anonymous Content and Focus Features.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Michael Crouch

Length:

8h 14m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:05


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:58


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

00:43


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:57


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:32


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:09


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:16


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:19


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:00


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:05


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:43


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:12


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:05


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:51


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:21


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:49


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:34


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:31


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:58


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:22


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:39


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:13


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:18


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:58


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:26


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:19


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:49


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:22


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:04


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:44


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:06


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:06


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:38


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:58


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:18


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:36


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:48


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:14


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:43


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:48


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:08


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:06


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:28


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:19


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:40


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:09


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:41


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:43


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:54


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:30


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:10


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:55


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:53


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:25


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:06


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:43


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:45


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:35


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:07


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:17


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:38


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:13


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:22


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:44


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:45


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:21


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:41


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:16


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:21


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:12


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:33


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:48


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:54


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:34


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:25


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:59


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:29


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:03


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:19


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:07


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

02:44


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

00:28