A Boy Who Loved Me
by Wilson Semitti
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Pub Date 21 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 29 Nov 2023
A beautifully rendered, mesmerising memoir full of grit of heart, A Boy Who Loved Me by Wilson Semitti begins with a chance encounter at G-A-Y club in London in the early 2000’s between a Ugandan man and an English boy, leading to a relationship that spans for nearly two decades.
With acuity and precision, Wilson writes about his queerness in his home country of Uganda and the political and social implications of coming out and coming of age in a country of turmoil and violence. This sprawling memoir traces Wilson Semitti’s decades-long journey from Uganda to the far reaches of the world—Thailand, China, South Africa, and beyond---without letting the sickle-cell chronic disease he was born with define him.
The people that come in and out of his life shape his experiences and help him make meaning from his path, but none more than the boy who loved him.
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"A beautifully written and thought-provoking memoir that whisks readers on an exhilarating journey across continents" -Literary Titan
"A journey through the life of Semitti, a Ugandan man whose life is marked by both love and struggle...with vivid description that brings the memoir to life in the style of a classic immersive novel." -Readers' Favorite
" An inspiring, intimate, and poignantly rendered tale of winning against the odds." -BookView Review
"An attraction not just for libraries seeking memoirs about gay growth and discovery, but for book clubs discussing issues of racism, shifting worldviews, and cross-cultural encounters in China, Thailand, England and beyond that come not from the usual Caucasian perspective, but someone whose roots are African." -Midwest Book Review
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Thank you so much to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me a copy of this book to read. This was written so beautifully and I enjoyed this book and I would recommend.
This book was such a beautiful and tender read. Growing up gay in Uganda, would have been difficult and this book and the author of this memoir really shows us the struggles, but also the beauty of being who he is he while delving into the political and social struggles in his country.
I recommend this this to everyone who wants to see how life is in other parts of the world, but also to those who enjoy sweetly written novels