Ambidextrous (novel)

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Ambidextrous: The Secret Lives of Children
Author Felice Picano
Country United States
Language English
Genre Autobiographical novel
Publisher Gay Presses of New York
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 195 pp.
ISBN 0-914017-06-3

Ambidextrous: The Secret Lives of Children (1985), is a novel by the American author Felice Picano. The book is a semi-autobiographical account of the author's life growing up in the 1950s. Major themes include adolescent sexuality and coming out.

A "bold, funny and excruciatingly honest" biographic tale of the author's own childhood and coming out experience, that inevitably affects the reader's retrospective view of his own childhood memories.

When it was first published, the novel was perceived as so scandalous in Great Britain that it was burned on arrival directly at the London docks. Still, or perhaps because of its reception upon release, the book has received classical status and has been re-released on more than one occasion, the latest release being in 2003.[1]


  1. ^ Picano, Felice (2003). Ambidextrous The Secret Lives of Children. Southern Tier Editions. ISBN 978-1-56023-438-8.