A number of reviewers have already proclaimed Boy Erased a summer hit, ideal beach reading. My hope is that its legacy will transcend this summer and endure for years to come. It is not only an artistic triumph for Conley, but also an important tool to understanding America’s complex relationships with religion and sexuality.
Whittier Strong is an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. He presently serves as nonfiction editor for Permafrost. His work has been published in The Rumpus, The Good Men Project, Apogee, Jonathan, QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology, and elsewhere. A native of Indiana, he earned his BA in creative writing from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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