Search form

Scroll To Top

Mama's Boy

Doesnt that just sound like the most arrogant, presumptuous thing in the world? laughs Robert Leleux in a broad East Texas drawl when I suggest that 28 might be a little young to write a memoir about his mother. Yet he pulls off the improbable in The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy (St. Martins, $23.95), a hilarious and generous reflection on the struggle for family and home for a young gay man growing up in a small town called Petunia. Mother is the clear star of this show, an old-fashioned mantrap who responds to the poverty of divorce with plastic surgery and ill-advised baldness treatments involving glue, pom-poms, and projectile vomiting. A self-proclaimed Texan in exile, Leleux makes his home in New York City with husband Michael, a dancer who gave Robert his last name and whose lightning-quick courtship is warmly told in Memoirs. Leleux is readying for a book tour that will take him from Philadelphia to Portland, Ore., as is Mother, though she is currently helping her husband recover from drunkenly driving off a cliff on a motorcycle at their vacation home in Utah. Fodder for the next book, Leleux says. Shes already gone shopping for her tweed Christian Lacroix reading suit. This is her stage.
Advocate Channel - The Pride StoreOut / Advocate Magazine - Fellow Travelers & Jamie Lee Curtis

From our Sponsors

Most Popular

Latest Stories

Emily Drabinski