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Aurora: What was your inspiration behind your most recent novel?Abdi: This is the story I’ve been wanting to tell since I started writing because it’s the most personal story I can think of, and one I don’t feel has ever been told. It’s about the fear and shame I felt as a queer immigrant kid who moved to the U.S. at the height of this country’s AIDS epidemic. And it’s also the story of the way I was able to overcome that fear and shame thanks to people who allowed me to see and accept myself for the first time. I was inspired to write this in honor of so many artists, activists and friends who have allowed me to have the life I have now. ACT UP inspired me. Madonna inspired me. All the friends and teachers who accepted me as a teen
People Magazine chose THE AUTHENTICS as their "Teen Pick," calling the novel, "astute" and "thoroughly absorbing." See below for two images from the print edition of People Magazine. Yes, it was reviewed just under Hillary Rodham Clinton's book!
Abdi discussed his novels, fatherhood, being a gay Iranian writer, and Madonna on the LGBTQ&A podcast with Jeff Masters. Watch below. If you want to listen to the podcast, go here: http://apple.co/2hKQkfg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLQLVDNlEPw