Welcome to Late Night Conversation! This week we feature writer Gregory Martin, whose most recent memoir, Stories For Boys, resonates in the ongoing dialogue around gender and sexuality. Gregory’s personal narrative follows his struggle to reconcile the idea he had of his father with a man who has survived a suicide attempt, revealed decades of infidelity, and is beginning a new life as a gay man. Cheryl Strayed described the book as “a magnetic meditation on what happens when a decades-long lie is brutally revealed. Moving, brave, and unforgettable, this deeply personal book pushes us all further into the light.”
Paul and Gregory talk about his relationship with his family in relation to Stories for Boys, the memoir-writing process, and his evolution as a writer.
I thought this was a story worth telling. I felt like nothing in fiction that I could come up with could present itself as interesting and compelling.
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About our guest:
Gregory Martin is the author of the memoirs Mountain City (North Point Press 2001) and Stories for Boys (Hawthorne Books 2012). His work has appeared in The Sun, Kenyon Review Online, Creative Nonfiction, Storyquarterly, and Orion. Martin teaches creative writing at the University of New Mexico and lives in Albuquerque with his wife and two sons.