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Duplechan, Larry (b. 1956)  
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Interestingly, Got 'Til It's Gone unifies Duplechan's canon. Not only does it continue the saga of Johnnie Ray Rousseau, but it also integrates the apparently anomalous novel Tangled Up in Blue into that story, for in the most recent novel Johnnie Ray is revealed to have been friends of Maggie and Daniel and Crockett and muses on the married couple's devotion to Crockett during his illness.

This revelation not only unifies the canon, but it also reminds readers that beneath Duplechan's breezy style lurks a great deal of pain and suffering. Indeed, the humor with which his work is infused is often a coping mechanism. While Duplechan may be a comic writer—he has described his books as "romantic comedies"-- he knows that in life comedy and tragedy coexist and intensify each other.

Duplechan is a student of comparative religions. After many years of being alienated from Christianity, in his forties he returned to the faith, though not to the fundamentalism with which he grew up. For several years he served as a deacon in the Metropolitan Community Church and even considered entering a seminary.

Duplechan and his husband Greg Harvey currently attend Westwood Presbyterian Church, where they sing in the chancel choir.

Claude J. Summers

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Bronski, Michael. "Blackbird Sings." Gay Community News (May 10-16, 1987); rpt. in Blackbird by Larry Duplechan. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2006.

Davis, Christopher. "CS Interview with Larry Duplechan." Christopher Street 10 (1987): 60-62.

MacDonald, Mark. "Interview with Larry Duplechan." Blackbird by Larry Duplechan. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2006.

Nava, Michael. "Introduction." Blackbird by Larry Duplechan. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2006.

Nero, Charles I. "Toward a Black Gay Aesthetic: Signifying in Contemporary Black Gay Literature." Brother to Brother: New Writings by Black Gay Men. Essex Hemphill, ed. Boston: Alyson, 1991.

Pearson, John H. "Larry Duplechan (1956- )." Contemporary Gay American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Emmanuel S. Nelson, ed. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1993. 116-21.


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    Author: Summers, Claude J.  
    Entry Title: Duplechan, Larry  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
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