Kate Ward
February 08, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

About My Life and the Kept Woman

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
John Rechy
publisher
Grove Press
genre
Memoir, Nonfiction

We gave it an B

The gay Mexican-American author, John Rechy, recounts his life as a hustler, a GI, and a man fixated on a childhood image of an exotic adultress in About My Life and the Kept Woman.

Most Dysfunctional Moment
Rechy’s high school teacher invites him to her home to talk about his writing — then takes his virginity.

Lowdown
Life has its moments — Rechy’s portrayal of a racist 1950s Texas is particularly poignant — but all the sexcapades quickly grow tiresome. B

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