A Boy I Once Knew: What a Teacher Learned from her Student - The Story of a Teacher and Her Student - Elizabeth Stone (2002)
ISBN 9781565123151
Genre Biography, Autobiography and Memoirs
Subject AIDS (Disease) - Patients - Biography; Gay men - Biography; Teacher-student relationships
Publisher Algonquin Books
Publication Date 5/17/2002
Format Hardcover (187 x 137 mm)
Language eng
One morning, a box was delivered to Elizabeth Stone's door. It held ten years of personal diaries and a letter that began "Dear Elizabeth, You must be wondering why I left you my diaries in my will. After all, we have not seen each other in over twenty years . . ."

What followed was a remarkable year in Elizabeth's life as she read Vincent's diaries and began to learn about the high school student she had taught twenty-five years before. A BOY I ONCE KNEW is the story of the man that Vincent had become-and the efforts of his teacher to make some sense of his life.

With his diaries, Vincent becomes a constant presence in her household. She follows his daily life in San Francisco and his travels abroad. She watches him deal with the deaths of friends in the gay community. She judges him. She gets angry with him. She develops affection and compassion for him. In some ways she brings him back to life. And in doing so, she becomes the student, and Vincent the teacher. He forces her to examine her life as well as his. He challenges her feelings and fears about death. He proves to her that relationships between two people can deepen even after one of them is gone.

A BOY I ONCE KNEW is a powerful book about loss, memory, and the ways in which we belong to each other. This is a revealing, moving, and wholly unexpected book.

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Product Details
LoC Classification HQ75.8.V53S76 2002
Dewey 305.38/9664/092
Edition 1st ed.
Cover Price $19.95
No. of Pages 208