Garrard Conley's fiction and nonfiction can be found in Time, Vice and on CNN.com, Buzzfeed, and elsewhere. He has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and Elizabeth Kostova Foundation writers' conferences. A finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Boy Erased, Conley lives and teaches in Brooklyn, New York.
`This brave and bracing memoir is an urgent reminder that America remains a place where queer people have to fight for their lives. It's also a generous portrait of a family in which the myths of prejudice give way before the reality of love. Equal parts sympathy and rage, Boy Erased is a necessary, beautiful book' Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You
`It is just so beautifully written and so powerful... a brilliant book... for anyone who has been through that journey of coming out or battling with society for who they are... even if you're just someone who likes to read a passionate and beautifully written story, then this book is for you' Nihal Arthanayake, BBC Radio 5Live
`A brave, powerful meditation on identity and faith, Boy Erased is the story of one man's journey to accepting himself and overcoming shame and trauma in the midst of deep-rooted bigotry' Buzzfeed
`An elegant memoir...Conley is a thoughtful writer' Aaron Hicklin, Observer
`The power of Conley's story resides not only in the vividly depicted grotesqueries of the therapy system, but in his lyrical writing about sexuality and love, and his reflections on the Southern family and culture that shaped him' Los Angeles Times
`Boy Erased is a gut-punch of a memoir, but the miracle of this book is the generosity with which Conley writes in an effort to understand the circumstances and motivations that led his family to seek the "cure"... his memoir is not simply a story of survival - in this book, a true writer comes of age' LA Review of Books
`Exceptionally well-written... This timely addition to the debate on conversion therapy will build sympathy for both children and parents who avail themselves of it while still showing how damaging it can be' Publishers Weekly