Authors: April Lurie
If you’re a gay teen living in an evangelical home where friends, pastors, and parents don’t understand what you’re going through, you’re not alone. There are organizations and churches that can help. On the next page I’ve listed Web sites for you to explore and books for you to check out. For now, I’ll end with a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Truth pressed to the earth will rise again!”
For Further Reading
The Children Are Free: Reexamining the Biblical Evidence on Same-sex Relationships
, by Jeff Miner and John Tyler Connoley. Indianapolis: Found Pearl Press, 2008.
Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America
, by Mel White. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994.
The God Box
, by Alex Sanchez. New York: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2007.
Associated Baptist Press. April 8, 2009. Bob Allen. May 25, 2009.
Beliefnet. December 17, 2008. Steven Waldman. May 25, 2009.
Christian Broadcasting Network. May 25, 2009.
. May 25, 2009.
The Christian Post. May 13, 2008. Lillian Kwon. May 25, 2009.
Family Research Council. May 15, 2009. Peter Sprigg. May 25, 2009.
The Nation. May 16, 2007. Max Blumenthal. May 25, 2009.
Thanks to my friends Helen Hemphill, Varian Johnson, Julie Lake, Brian Yansky, and Frances Yansky, for providing valuable feedback on my early drafts; my fellow Delacorte Dames and Dude, Shana Burg, Varian Johnson (the dude is popular), Margo Rabb, and Jennifer Ziegler; my kids, Liz, Dan, Jonny, and Korina, for cheering me on; my agent, Laura Rennert, for her guidance and enthusiasm; and my lovely editor, Françoise Bui, who planted the idea and helped me find the heart of the story. And a special thanks to Ed, my truest pleasure.
April Lurie is a native New Yorker. She is the author of
The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine; Brothers, Boyfriends & Other Criminal Minds;
Dancing in the Streets of Brooklyn
. She lives near Austin, Texas, with her husband and their four children. Visit her at
This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously.
Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.
Copyright © 2010 by April Lurie
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
The less-dead / April Lurie.—1st ed.
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Noah Nordstrom, whose father is the host of a popular evangelical Christian radio program, believes that the person who has been killing gay teenagers in the Austin, Texas, foster care system is a regular caller on his dad’s show.
eISBN: 978-0-375-89589-0 [1. Murder—Fiction. 2. Homosexuality—Fiction. 3. Christian life—Fiction. 4. Conduct of life—Fiction. 5. Austin (Tex.) 6. Mystery and detective stories.] I. Title.
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