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The Friday 56 – The Black Flamingo #blogmas

Blogmas The Friday 56

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda over at Freda’s Voice. You can find her here.

Friday 56

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

The Black Flamingo

I’m currently reading The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta and really enjoying it so far. It follows Michael as he struggles with his identity as a mixed race gay teen who, at university, discovers his drag persona, The Black Flamingo.

The story actually starts with Michael as a baby and follows him throughout his life. I’m currently 100 pages in and Michael is still in school, very much a baby queer trying to find his place in the world. I’m really enjoying reading from Michael’s perspective – he’s a very endearing character that you desperately want to give a hug to. I’m sure as I continue reading, he will discover his confidence as he gets more into drag and drag culture.

As I said in my WWW Wednesday post, I’ve read Atta’s poem in the Proud anthology and found the way he strung words together completely mesmorising and that’s no different here.

I also just really love reading a queer coming of age story that is set in the UK – so many of the queer books I read are from the US. Which is great! But reading from queer British authors around my age who also had to live under section 28 just hits differently for me and allows me to appreciate their books (and their points of view) much better.

“I feel sick and ashamed. I want my mum.
‘No!’ I shout as I turn and
face the two who tower over me. I push
my way between the two boys and run and run
and don’t stop until I reach the train station
where I throw up, rainbow violently,
on the platform.”

Has anyone else read The Black Flamingo yet? Or any of Atta’s other poetry works? Let me know what you think!

I’m also just realising now that I completely forgot to include the quote for last weeks’ The Friday 56 post! Which is the entire point of the post – oops. I’ve updated it now if anyone fancies reading a line from The Queen of Nothing.

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