Satyal’s lovely coming-of-age debut charts an Indian-American boy’s transformation from mere mortal to Krishnaji, the blue-skinned Hindu deity. 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. 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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To this day, whenever I go back to my parents’ house and the lights are on, I find myself remarking “what is this, Diwali.

This doesn’t just pertain specifically to the LBGT community but to people who are being bullied in general. Books today try not to do that, but most of them fail because the characters always end up making the right choices in the end.

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So, I pushed “Download to My Kindle” and didn’t look back. The message that the author tries to get across is that parents with gay children are usually oblivious to their children’s desires, needs, and sexuality. As such, he is a sympathetic and beautiful addition to this shimmering story of a boy learning how to not only rakrsh who he is, but glory in his many, fabulous gifts. In other words, not much happens in this novel.

Surrounded by examples of upstanding Indian Americans–in his own home, in his temple, at the weekly parties given by his parents’ friends–Kiran nevertheless finds it impossible to get the knack of “normalcy. Before I tear this sattyal apart, Hy will share one thing that I found refreshing.

For a debut novelist, Rakesh Satyal is uncommonly bold and precise, and his narrator — hilarious, gay, Indian, stumblingly adolescent Kiran — is unforgettable. This book has received many much-deserved acclaim as gay literature, Asian-American literature, Indian-American literature, but the piece that kept resonating with me was the broader coming-of-age story.


There were also other heartbreaking bits: As the story progresses, Kirtan increasingly identifies with Lord Krishna, the elegant, blue, shining incarnation of Vishnu. This book hits on some pretty mature topics such as a preteen boy discovering his sexuality and coming to the revelation he may not be like all the other boys his age.

This novel is a coming of age story, it is intended for mature audiences and contains explicit sex scenes. 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.

He lives in Brooklyn.

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Sharma apologizes again, but you don’t take issues with the sort of garbage that your sun is carrying? Email will not be published required. Some of the major situations are very satyao described and that brings the scene to life but equally vivid and detailed are the descriptions of gardens and roads and houses which are unnecessary and slow down the pace of the book.

You feel the tiniest stab of recollection when you rediscover it, but mostly you are in awe of how it was you who wrote down these words and felt something so creative in that moment.

Kiran–the only child of immigrant Indian parents–struggles with acceptance and a sense of belonging at public sayyal, in his Hindu temple, and at home. Name required Email will not be published required Homepage. Both cultures sstyal their own rigid ways of enforcing gender roles and sexuality, and neither knows quite what to do with a flaming, smart boy who is slow to self-censure.


Jul 02, Brandy rated it liked it. Here, Satyal manag This book was, on so many levels, a surprise to me – and a delightful one at that. Jan 28, Ankur rated it it was amazing. A bundle of culture and spirituality. Satyal also does a great job of transforming Kiran into the blue Hindu God.

An insightful book that reminds us how difficult–and ultimately liberating– Who’d have guessed that a novel from the perspective of a smart, artistic, and flamboyant sixth-grade boy could cover so much emotional ground?

It started off well and I bonded with the whole family. That’s part of the joy of reading this book. The posturing of a tit can vary so greatly, and yet the allure of it never dissipates. Dec 07, Nick Daiker rated it it was ok. While reading the book, many times I cringed and thought to myself, “he’s not satgal going to do that, is he??? And because of all of these things there is almost always a desperate need for the protagonist to prove himself to others as worthwhile, to excel.

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By the end of the book, however, I was willing to assume that he was there largely rakssh a cipher — a sexy, older, deep-voiced grown-up on whom Kirtan was able to project his emerging desires. It probably surpasses the eloquence of many adults as well.

Kiran absolutely was interesting, but it would have been great to have had some adult insight on his exotic nature This is not the case with my classmates [colleagues: