Finistère (Little Sister's Classics)
Fritz Peters, Michael Bronski
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A lyrical gay coming-of-age story first published in 1951, acclaimed by Gore Vidal and The New York Times, about Matthew, a young American who moves to France with his mother following his parents’ divorce. As Matthew navigates his budding sexuality and complicated new relationships, he is forced to confront finistère—land’s end—where the brutal truths of the world can be found.
Includes an appendix of materials about the book and author, as well as an introduction by acclaimed author Michael Bronski. Part of the Little Sister’s Classics series, which resurrects out-of-print gay and lesbian books from the past.
room. “I’ll come in and see you later, Matthew,” he said, and then added: “If you want.” Matthew looked at him. “All right. I’ll feel better in a little while, I guess.” When Michel had left them, Catherine leaned over him and put her arms around him. “You darling boy,” she said softly, “tell me what it is. Can’t you tell your mother?” and then she drew her head away to look into his eyes and search his face. He wanted to tell her then. It came over him in force, reaching out to her, almost as
become an extension of herself, cut off from her, unprotected and threatened by the life of the school. Simultaneously, she was besieged by what had seemed all the logical and proper reasons for choosing this particular school. It had been recommended by Matthew’s headmaster in America, it had an excellent scholastic rating, he would be forced to speak French at all times, he would be away from his mother – which Catherine knew was necessary – and he would be with his contemporaries. This last
instinctively, when she first married John, that it was not a special or unusual marriage. They had known each other for a long time and their engagement had seemed a natural culmination. She had assumed that she was in love with him, and without any experience by which to measure her own or his love, the assumption was as good as fact. They had been entirely happy (as she thought this, fifteen years later in Paris, she modified it to “quite happy”) those first years through Matthew’s birth and
their relationship might be exposed publicly, which was a constant source of worry to him. What if one of the teachers should find out, or worse still, one of the boys? What if Catherine should suspect them? But Matthew rejected all these considerations. In the first place, there was no reason why anyone should discover them; they were very careful. Secondly, it was of no concern to him if they did. “What can they do to us?” he asked. “How can they take away something that belongs to us, not to
truculent and difficult stepson but as a young and attractive stranger, full of life and good humor. He was infected by Matthew’s gayety, and it was a relief to have the shadow of Matthew lifted from between himself and Catherine. It was going to be a much better summer than he had considered possible, and he was happy with the addition of Michel Garnier to their party. It occurred to him that he might be willing to occupy some of Matthew’s time, and he made a mental note to suggest to Catherine