Boys and Oil: Growing Up Gay in a Fractured Land

Written by:
Taylor Brorby
Narrated by:
Greg D. Barnett

Unabridged Audiobook

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Release Date
November 2022
Duration
8 hours 49 minutes
Summary
From a young, gay environmentalist, a searing coming-of-age memoir set against the arid landscape of rural North Dakota, where homosexuality 'seems akin to a ticking bomb.'

'I am a child of the American West, a landscape so rich and wide that my culture trembles with terror before its power.' So begins Taylor Brorby's Boys and Oil, a haunting, bracingly honest memoir about growing up gay amidst the harshness of rural North Dakota, 'a place where there is no safety in a ravaged landscape of mining and fracking.'

In visceral prose, Brorby recounts his upbringing in the coalfields; his adolescent infatuation with books; and how he felt intrinsically different from other boys. Now an environmentalist, Brorby uses the destruction of large swathes of the West as a metaphor for the terror he experienced as a youth. From an assault outside a bar in an oil boom town to a furtive romance, and from his awakening as an activist to his arrest at the Dakota Access Pipeline, Boys and Oil provides a startling portrait of an America that persists despite well-intentioned legal protections.
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