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A hilarious and poignant memoir grappling with family, disability, and coming of age in two closets—as a gay man and as a man living with cerebral palsy
“Leg is intimate (and I mean that in all ways), insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny.” —SCOTT SIMON, NPR's "Weekend Edition"
“One hell of an entertaining book.” —BUZZFEED, Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Books of 2023
“Greg Marshall is one helluva storyteller . . . bright, bold, and beauitful.” —ISAAC FITZGERALD
“A strange, smutty, hilarious, beautiful, compassionate, provoking, big-hearted, sharp-tongued, original, brilliant memoir. I hated to see it end.” ―ELIZABETH McCRACKEN
Greg Marshall’s early years were pretty bizarre. Rewind the VHS tapes (this is the nineties) and you’ll see a lopsided teenager limping across a high school stage, or in a wheelchair after leg surgeries, pondering why he’s crushing on half of the Utah Jazz. Add to this home video footage a mom clacking away at her newspaper column between chemos, a dad with ALS, and a cast of foulmouthed siblings. Fast forward the tape and you’ll find Marshall happily settled into his life as a gay man only to discover he’s been living in another closet his whole life: He has cerebral palsy, a diagnosis that has been kept from him since birth. (His parents always told him he just had "tight tendons" and left it at that.) Here, in the hot mess of it all, lies Greg Marshall’s wellspring of wit and wisdom.
Leg is an extraordinarily funny and insightful memoir from a daring new voice. Packed with outrageous stories of a singular childhood, it is also a startlingly original examination of what it means to transform when there are parts of yourself you can’t change, a moving portrait of a family in crisis, and a tale of resilience of spirit. In Marshall’s deft hands, we see a story both personal and universal—of being young and wanting the world, even when the world doesn’t feel like yours to want.
- Publisher : Harry N. Abrams
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1419763601
- ISBN-13 : 978-1419763601
- Item Weight : 11.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.25 inches
"Leg: The Story of a Limb and the Boy Who Grew from It" is a thoroughly engaging memoir that will leave readers inspired, moved, and periodically side-eyeing nearby park-goers in hopes that nobody is hearing all the involuntary laugh-snorts.
Greg Marshall's touching memoir takes us on an emotional...okay, rollercoaster is the wrong amusement park ride here. Let's call it an emotional tilt-a-whirl: a generous helping of gleeful squeals and giggles, mixed in with gravity-defying twists, gut-wrenching turns, and a nagging fear that some dizzy stranger might puke on your shoes. I loved every minute of it and can't wait to ride again.
What makes "Leg" truly exceptional is the Greg Marshall's ability to convey a personal truth and trauma without giving in to sentimentality. Even when forced to grapple with life's extremities, the author expertly steers clear of the maudlin, weaving humor and heartbreak into profound perspective.
"Leg: The Story of a Limb and the Boy Who Grew from It" is a captivating, emotive, and unforgettable memoir. It serves as a powerful reminder the strength that lies in our perceived weaknesses.