Camaleón is a sequel to Letters to Young Carlos by Tucson author Carlos Valenzuela
Tucson author Carlos Valenzuela releases his second book, Camaleón, The Lost Years Living in the Closet, a sequel to Valenzuela’s award-winning novella, Letters to Young Carlos.
In the tale of Camaleón, the hero’s efforts to find himself after being banished from his hometown and falsely accused of sexual improprieties take the reader past his high school flirtations, the pressure of college life, and his first job in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Along the way, he finds comfort in most unlikely allies from across the gender spectrum. They show him a new world of possibilities.
Set in San Francisco in the 60s, secret lifestyles, each a universe onto themselves, weave a tale of intrigue and fantasy, providing the reader a snapshot of queer life in the prohibitive society of the 1960s. Topics explored include living in the closet, coming out, family dysfunction, friendship, loyalty, shame, homophobia, and gender fluidity.
Thoughts on Cameleón
— Deploying masterful storytelling, Valenzuela’s brave and colorful scenes hook the reader from the first sentence, introducing characters you’ve always wondered about but will probably never meet.
–The Camaleón story asks you to recognize, accept and ultimately integrate the disassociated aspects of yourself into your life’s purpose.
–The hero’s journey from a confused small-town boy to his awareness of what he must do to survive… It does not prepare you for the surprise conclusion. Available on Amazon.