Book Talk with Local Author and Son

via Zoom

Tuesday, March 16th

7:00 pm


Wandering Close to Home: A Gay Son and His Feminist Mother’s Journey to Transform Themselves and Their Family, by Christopher and Linda Drajem


     Linda Drajem grew up in the 1950s in Buffalo, the oldest child in a Catholic working-class family. She married her high school sweetheart, got pregnant and watched from the sidelines as women burned their bras and demanded equal rights. But the role of stay-at-home mom wasn't as fulfilling as she was led to believe it would be.

     Linda’s second son Christopher was born in 1968, one year before the Stonewall riots kick-started the modern gay rights movement. He attended Catholic schools, served as an altar boy at mass on Sundays, and had a secret that he was sure would send him to hell: he was gay. 

     Their collaborative memoir charts the path Christopher and Linda traveled as they realized that the life they were born into didn't quite fit. It maps the tentative steps taken by mother and son to move away from societal, religious and family expectations. 

    Filled with challenge and joy, heartbreak and celebration, it is the story of a modern family bonded in honesty and love.  The authors will read excerpts from the book and discuss the decade-long process of bringing their story to life. 


Linda is a longtime PFLAG mom. Linda has also shared other writings  with our group. We have recommended this book in our newsletter, and we recommend this book talk.


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