Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son (2006) On Kevin Jennings' eighth birthday, his father suffers a heart attack and dies; the family scrapes by in trailer parks on Mom's McDonald's paychecks. The… 2006-08-15 Nonfiction Beacon Press
Book Review

Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son (2006)

Details Release Date: Aug 15, 2006; Writer: Kevin Jennings; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: Beacon Press

On Kevin Jennings' eighth birthday, his father suffers a heart attack and dies; the family scrapes by in trailer parks on Mom's McDonald's paychecks. The Baptist boy grows up ambivalent about his sexual orientation, an issue that trails him to a teaching stint at a Rhode Island prep school: When a student suggests forming a gay-straight alliance, he realizes the importance of eliminating homophobia in schools. Though it loses its stylistic charm after Jennings' early childhood anecdotes, Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son distinguishes itself from the glut of me-too coming-out memoirs with equal parts humor and gravitas.

Originally posted Aug 11, 2006 Published in issue #891-892 Aug 18, 2006 Order article reprints