Boy Erased is Garrard Conley’s memoir which begins with a life-changing decision that Conley’s parents force him to make: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to “cure” him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life.
The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality.
Through an institutionalised Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness.
By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heartbreaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds.
The memoir itself has been described as ‘a necessary, beautiful book’, and the film adaptation will be showing in cinemas across Australia from 8 November 2018.
HarperCollins is giving three lucky readers the chance to read the memoir and watch the film.
This competition has closed. The winners have been notified via email.
Posted on November 2, 2018 by Larissa