Musings of a Future Librarian: Above All, A Family Man

Above All, A Family Man is a short story by American-Cuban writer, Achy Obejas, that explores the contrasting norms in latino and  gay culture. The plot of the piece is fairly simple in that the protagonist, Tommy Drake, and his lover, Rogelio, are on a trip to Sante Fe during which they have an impromptu stop in St. Louis. The essence of this piece instead lies in Tommy’s flashbacks — those of which call on the reader to question whether adhering to social expectations is really worth one’s happiness.

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