The Black Flamingo

The Black Flamingo

I masquerade in makeup and feathers and I am applauded.A boy comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen - then at university he finds his wings as a drag artist, The Black Flamingo. A bold story about the power of embracing your unique...

Title:The Black Flamingo
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781444948585
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    The Black Flamingo Reviews

  • Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)

    4.5**Update I reread this because I had listened to the audiobook the first time and then found out there were illustrations in it and I'm sooo glad I did ...

  • Chloe

    “your ignorance may be innocent, but the racism is real” wow... just wow. READ THIS BOOK. it's incredible and 100% one of my favourite books of the year....

  • Kai

    who else did not know they needed this drag queen origin story??I first saw Dean Atta talk and read at a poetry event in Berlin. I had previously read his poem "How to come out as gay" in the queer an...

  • Kevin (Irish Reader)

    Don’t come out because you think that society expects you to.Come out for yourself.Come out to yourselfThis book was such an impactful read for me and the epilogue had me sobbing with how much I res...

  • Larry H

    Gorgeously unique, Dean Atta's The Black Flamingo is a salute to finding and loving yourself.Michael is a half-Jamaican, half Greek Cypriot boy growing up in London. He realizes early on that bein...

  • may ?

    this book was so good for many reasons, including the line “Rowan looks like Ed Sheeran if he was handsome”rtc!...

  • Emer (A Little Haze)

    I haven't loved verse novels in the past. I have found them hard to connect to... Until The Black Flamingo. Men are sand castles made out of pebblesand the bucket is patriarchy: if you remove it,we...

  • megs_bookrack

    I LOVED THIS SO MUCH!!!!The Black Flamingo is a novel written in verse. My first read ever in verse. Going in, I was concerned. I wanted to read it because of the subject matter, but I just wasn't sur...

  • Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)

    This book is so worth the read! Not my usual kind of read in terms of genre (contemporary) or format (verse), but it certainly convinced me that I need to give contemporary as a whole more of a chance...

  • Gavin

    A rather powerful and moving story told in a beautiful, poetic format. Unlike anything I've ever read before and there were so many moments I could relate to this as a gay man. Simply wonderful!...