About My Life and the Kept Woman

Raised as a Mexican-American in Texas, John Rechy routinely faced discrimination. As he grew older and as his fascination with a notorious woman deepened he became aware that their differences were not just in his heritage but in his sexuality. For the first time, Rechy, a lecturer in USC College’s Master of Professional Writing Program, writes openly about his life, from his childhood during the Great Depression to his rebellious times in school, a defiant period in the army, his arrest in Los Angeles and emergence as a writer, creating a testament to the power of pride and self-acceptance.