Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Satyal majored in Comparative Literature, with an emphasis on French, Spanish, and Italian, and earned a certificate in Princeton's prestigious writing program. He is currently based in New York City, where he worked as a book editor before publishing Blue Boy in 2009.
Satyal sometimes performs in New York City as a singer. He also garnered attention for his acceptance speech at the Lambda Literary Awards gala, which he sang to the tune of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance".
Rakesh Satyal is an American novelist, best known for a Lambda Literary Award-winning debut novel Blue Boy. Blue Boy won the 2009 Prose/Poetry Award from the Association of Asian American Studies and Satyal was recipient of a 2010 Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He is in a relationship with John Maas since December 10, 2012. He garnered attention for his acceptance speech at the Lambda Literary Awards gala, which he sang to the tune of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance".
Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal
Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation; 1 Original edition (April 28, 2009)
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Meet Kiran Sharma: lover of music, dance, and all things sensual; son of immigrants, social outcast, spiritual seeker. A boy who doesn't quite understand his lot-until he realizes he's a god...
As an only son, Kiran has obligations-to excel in his studies, to honor the deities, to find a nice Indian girl, and, above all, to make his mother and father proud-standard stuff for a boy of his background. If only Kiran had anything in common with the other Indian kids besides the color of his skin. They reject him at every turn, and his cretinous public schoolmates are no better. Cincinnati in the early 1990s isn-t exactly a hotbed of cultural diversity, and Kiran-s not-so-well-kept secrets don-t endear him to any group. Playing with dolls, choosing ballet over basketball, taking the annual talent show way too seriously. . .the very things that make Kiran who he is also make him the star of his own personal freak show. . .
Surrounded by examples of upstanding Indian Americans-in his own home, in his temple, at the weekly parties given by his parents- friends-Kiran nevertheless finds it impossible to get the knack of -normalcy.- And then one fateful day, a revelation: perhaps his desires aren-t too earthly, but too divine. Perhaps the solution to the mystery of his existence has been before him since birth. For Kiran Sharma, a long, strange trip is about to begin-a journey so sublime, so ridiculous, so painfully beautiful, that it can only lead to the truth. . .
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