A gay life in the shadow of Ulysses S. Grant
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
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
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