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Rakesh Satyal is an American novelist, best known for his Lambda Literary Award-winning debut novel Blue Boy. Blue Boy won the Prose/Poetry Award. In Blue Boy, author Rakesh Satyal covers a few months in the life of Kiran Sharma, a twelve year old gay Indian American boy whose parents. Read Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal by Rakesh Satyal by Rakesh Satyal for free with a 30 day free trial. Read eBook on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android.

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Boj what point does the gentle amusement spurred by this sort of writing start to morph into a desire for more substance? As an only son, Kiran has obligations — to excel in his studies, to honor the deities, to find a nice Indian girl, and, above all, to make his mother and father proud — standard stuff for a boy of his background.

Having been in a situation somewhat similar to Kiran growing up although I never wanted to wear makeup and couldn’t dance styal save my lifeSatyal did a fantastic job in creating Kiran’s character and depicting the tug-of-war of emotions and thoughts he experienced. Is that what you call it?

Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal

There are heartbreaking parts and funny parts and frustrating parts. I became so invested in what Kiran was doing, despite frequently flinching and thinking, “No, Kiran!

Things still don’t get notably easier for him after oby humiliating foray into the playground — it’s not easy being an Indian-American in a white-bread Ohio suburb, and things aren’t made easier for year-old Kiran by his quirky personality, unusual interests ballet, for one, as well as Strawberry Sh At the beginning of Rakesh Satyal’s debut novel Blue BoyKiran Sharma gets a big splinter in his butt while being tormented on a wooden balance beam by two of his bitchy sixth-grade classmates.


Boy, what a read. They like to play with dolls, put on makeup, sing out loud, perform songs usually only sung by women and they are adorable doing it. On one occasion Kiran wears an orange neon coat to school, and finds his desk covered in Barbie stickers. Rakrsh a review of Blue Boy here.

It was free so I figured I didn’t have much to lose.

Book review: Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal

Even if it makes his parents angry and frustrated that he tries on makeup. Perhaps the solution to the mystery of his existence has been before him satgal birth. It started off well and I bonded with the whole family. This is not a Pulitzer Prize, Booker Prize or any other prize winner but it is an honest portrait of a little boy going against all the grains and being who he knows that he is, sticking to his guns and doing it loud and proud.

Although the story takes place in and many of the standard situations are in play, Kiran is already much more daring than most gay boys would have been, say, even a decade earlier. I related to this character in so many ways, that sometimes it sattal like I was reading my childhood memoirs.

Kiran is an only child, and even within marginalized communities Indian Americans, the sexually precocious, the academically advanced he often finds himself alone. Kiran’s humor stems from his anger with the bullies who make him a social outcast. This is the story of a boy, the son of Indian immigrants to Ohio, who doesn’t fit in with his white classmates or bblue brown kids of his parents’ group of friends. I love how the author creates a character who is not afraid to express himself regardless of people’s opinions.


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This can only end in badness! He so identifies with Krishna that Kiran starts molding his life on the deity—eating butter and practicing the flute.

It’s immensely appealing as a portrait of young datyal, as an NRI story, and as a Bildungsroman. He hopes to make his exceptional abilities apparent to one and all while exposing their inadequacies eatyal the school talent show.

We are still a long way from gay children feeling comfortable and accepted for who they are but we are moving in a positive direction. Did anyone else feel this way?

But you’re really left feeling, in the sztyal end, that it’s about Kiran’s identity, and that who HE IS is important. They both act as de facto playgrounds for local people, all of them looking for a way to escape the mundane together.

And afraid to be himself in front of his own father. Shenanigans and naivety combine to make the plans his satyap have by him go sharply awry, and Kiran is faced with some major decision-making about who he is and who he wants to become.

There is something ever-calming about the roundness of a tit, its buoyancy, the peacefulness of the concentric circle in its middle, darker. Shocked that my book club liked it overall. Every two weeks, a selection of the best stories from Xtra and other websites.