Swish : My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever and What Ended Up Happening Instead

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A hilarious and deeply moving account of one man's journey from stereotype to truth.
Joel Derfner is a knitter, an aerobics instructor, a cheerleader, a go-go dancer, and a musical theater composer, but when he realizes one day that he's a walking gay cliche he embarks on a quest for deeper meaning. A very, very funny quest for deeper meaning. And whether he's confronting the demons of his past at a GLBT summer camp, using the Internet to "meet" men-many, many men-or going undercover to a conference of ex-gays, he discovers that what he's looking for-and sometimes even finds, hidden underneath the surface of everyday life-is his own identity. In the tradition of David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs, yet with its own particular flair, "Swish" is a story told with not just wit but humor; not just candor but honesty; and not just compassion but humanity.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 255 pages
  • 129.54 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 249.47g
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0767924312
  • 9780767924313
  • 1,290,195

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"In a culture where we disguise vulnerability with physical perfection and material success, Derfner skewers heartache with Wildean wit . . . [Derfner is]the next Noel Coward." --Out.com
"Searing." --"Washington Blade
"Derfner's writing is perfect. . . . He's your best friend. He's your brother. He is you." -- EDGE" "Los Angeles
"Sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant, always clever, and unpredictable." --"Philadelphia Gay News"
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About Joel Derfner

JOEL DERFNER graduated from Harvard with a degree in linguistics. His work for the musical theater has been produced in London, New York, and various cities in between. He lives in New York City.
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2 7% (55)
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