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Growing Up Grant

A gay life in the shadow of Ulysses S. Grant

by Ulysses Grant Dietz

Growing Up Grant - Ulysses Grant Dietz
Editions:Paperback - first edition: $ 17.50
ISBN: 9780578980188
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 344
Kindle - first edition: $ 4.99

I grew up Grant because Ulysses was too dangerous a name to call a kid in the 1950s.

Conformity ruled, and Ulysses S. Grant's reputation was in the toilet.  My given name Ulysses, however, ended up redining me as I was coming out in the early 1970s, altering my relationship with the world.

On my father's side, an Alsatian immigrant to Colonial New York and, on my mother's,  a Puritan dissenter seeking freedom on the Mayflower, added romance to my bland Leave it to Beaver life in Syracuse, New York in the 1960s. My world was a snapshot of prosperous, suburban, Post-War America for a baker's dozen of years, until two of my siblings died and I realized, at sixteen, that I was gay.

The distillation of the lives of all those people who preceded me is the story of a baby boomer and a child of Stonewall; a Yalie who marched for gay pride in the 1970s; survived the AIDS crisis in the 1980s; adopted children in the 1990s; and finally married his Jewish partner of thirty-eight years in the twenty-first century.

The people who made me who I am today are always on my mind. They danced on the edge of the Gilded Age after the Civil War, and helped define the American dream for three centuries. Among them were farmers, leather tanners, inventors, slaveowners, abolitionists, soldiers, industrialists, politicians, lawyers, a Nobel Prize winner, a president, and even a princess.

They're all there in me. My story is their story, yet entirely my own.

Publisher: Independently Published
Pairings: M-M
Heat Level: 2
Romantic Content: 3
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: Varies During Story
Protagonist 2 Age: Varies During Story
Tropes: Adopted Child, Class Differences, Coming of Age, Coming Out / Closeted, Married Life
Languages Available: English

About the Author

Ulysses Grant Dietz grew up in Syracuse, New York, where his Leave It to Beaver life was enlivened by his fascination with vampires, from Bela Lugosi to Barnabas Collins. He studied French at Yale, and was trained to be a museum curator at the University of Delaware. A curator since 1980, Ulysses has never stopped writing fiction for the sheer pleasure of it. He created the character of Desmond Beckwith in 1988 as his personal response to Anne Rice’s landmark novels. Alyson Books released his first novel, Desmond, in 1998. Vampire in Suburbia, the sequel to Desmond, is his second novel.

Ulysses lives in suburban New Jersey with his husband of over 41 years and their two almost-grown children.

By the way, the name Ulysses was not his parents’ idea of a joke: he is a great-great grandson of Ulysses S. Grant, and his mother was the President’s last living great-grandchild. Every year on April 27 he gives a speech at Grant’s Tomb in New York City.