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Dancer from the Dance
Andrew Holleran
0060937068
December 2001
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Book Description
One of the most important works of gay literature, this haunting, brilliant novel is a seriocomic remembrance of things past -- and still poignantly present. It depicts the adventures of Malone, a beautiful young man searching for love amid New York's emerging gay scene. From Manhattan's Everard Baths and after-hours discos to Fire Island's deserted parks and lavish orgies, Malone looks high and low for meaningful companionship. The person he finds is Sutherland, a campy quintessential queen -- and one of the most memorable literary creations of contemporary fiction. Hilarious, witty, and ultimately heartbreaking, Dancer from the Dance is truthful, provocative, outrageous fiction told in a voice as close to laughter as to tears.

About the Author
Andrew Holleran, a...


In September, the Light Changes: The Stories of Andrew Holleran
Andrew Holleran
0452281717
May 2000
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Book Review
"Who cares what straight people think about us?" complains one of the characters in Andrew Holleran's first collection of short stories. "I don't care if they understand what I do in bed. I don't even understand what I do in bed, I could care less what they think about it." And just as many of the gay men in these 16 stories (only three of which have been previously published) refuse--or simply feel no need--to explain themselves, so too does Holleran explore his characters' lives with no effort to justify them. His witty, urbane characters who vacation in Key West or Fire Island are not the only types of gay men, of course, just those Holleran has chosen to write about. He writes on his own terms, and his characters--even when they are struggling to navigate through desire or loss--live on their own terms, not as...


Grief: A Novel
Andrew Holleran
1401302505
June 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. An understated, eloquent novel by Holleran (Dancer from the Dance) captures the pain of a generation of gay men who have survived the AIDS epidemic and reached middle age yearning for fidelity, tenderness and intimacy. The unnamed, silver-haired narrator has just relocated from Florida, where he cared for his recently deceased mother for the last 12 years, to Washington, D.C., to "start life over" and teach a college seminar on literature and AIDS. He rents a room in a townhouse near Dupont Circle, his solitude deepened by his awareness that he and his gay, celibate landlord, a "homosexual emeritus," form only a semblance of a household. The narrator spends his days exploring the streets of the capital and his nights engrossed in the letters of Mary Todd Lincoln, who held onto her grief and...


Nights in Aruba
Andrew Holleran
0060937343
December 2001
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Book Description
This groundbreaking novel of gay life centers around Paul, an uneasy commuter between two parallel worlds. He is the dutiful son of aging, upper-middle-class parents living in Florida, and a homosexual man plunged deliriously into the world of New York City's bars, baths, and one-night stands. With wry humor and subtle lyricism, Holleran reveals the tragedy and comedy of one man's struggle to come to terms with middle age, homosexuality, truth, love, and life itself.

About the Author
Andrew Holleran, a Harvard graduate, is a well-known journalist and frequent contributor to major gay publications. Dancer from the Dance, his first novel, was originally published in 1978 to great critical acclaim. He is also the author of Nights in Aruba, The Beauty of Men, Ground...


Fresh Men 2: New Voices in Gay Fiction
Don Weise (Editor)
0786716150
September 2005
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Book Description
Fresh Men 2 collects the best new writing by emerging gay authors from around the nation. With equal parts sensitivity and irreverence, the anthology speaks to the broad range of gay experiences. From stories of coming out, coming of age, self-representation and family to sex and love in the time of AIDS, from living in the closet to loving in a post-gay world, this book highlights the complexities of gay life. Fresh Men 2 is a groundbreaking collection that also embodies a wide spectrum of literary tastes, from works rich in experimental, transgressive elements to more conventional, traditionally crafted stories.


M2M: New Literary Fiction
Karl Woelz (Editor)
0929435729
June 2003
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Book Description
Anthology of literary fiction by gay men. Includes literary legends Edmund White, Andrew Holleran and Felice Picano as well as new writers Tom House, Paul Lisicky, Mitch Cullin, W.C. Harris, Robin Lippincott, Michael Carroll, Dan Jaffe and nine others. This is the first in a new series highlighting the best of contemporary gay male voices practicing the art of literary fiction.

About the Author
Karl Woelz is the Lambda Literary Award-winning co-editor of the Men on Men series begun by the late George Stambolian. Woelz's Introduction and searing Afterword to this volume has already begun some heated debate about the state of literature in the gay and lesbian community. Woelz pulls no punches in taking the publishing industry to task for giving the country mediocre options when...


The Man I Might Become: Gay Men Write about Their Fathers
Bruce Shenitz (Editor)
1569245649
October 2002
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From Library Journal
Much has been made of the "cloying mother/ distant father" connection in the development of male homosexuals, but this collection of essays by over two dozen journalists, novelists, playwrights, and poets more truly describes the real range of this often complicated relationship. Indeed, even many of those distant fathers may not realize just how truly influential, for good and bad, they were in their sons' lives. Compiled by the executive editor of Out magazine, this collection runs the emotional gamut from pedestrian confessional to poetic musings that reveal heart-wrenching beauty and tenderness. The best pieces not only describe the father but also illuminate what kind of men their sons have become, although it would have been enlightening to hear more from gay men now becoming fathers themselves....


Winter's Light: Reflections of a Yankee Queer
John. Preston
0874517818
January 1997
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From Publishers Weekly
Preston, who died of AIDS-related illness in 1994, was a prolific editor of the Advocate, novelist (Franny, the Queen of Provincetown) and essayist. His was a prominent and brave if unpolished voice in gay literature. The pieces collected here?autobiographical sketches, polemical essays and tributes to the acceptance gays have come to enjoy in his native New England?are blunt and courageous. There is a memorable essay about the patrician, nonagenarian AIDS activist Franny Peabody; affecting interviews with gay New Englanders that are part of an uncompleted oral history of people with AIDS; and several pieces about Portland, Maine's surprising hospitality to gays and lesbians. The last section, entitled "Letters from Maine," a series of strident polemics against homophobia, is composed of less compelling forays...


Acts of Faith, Acts of Love
Duggan McGinley
0826415458
April 2004
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Book Description
It is widely admitted that Roman Catholic teaching on homosexuality is schizophrenic: morally rigorous but pastorally progressive. Dominican theologian Gareth Moore says the problem stems from the church's focus on "acts" rather than "relationships. Since Vatican II and the Stonewall Riot, there has been an outpouring of lesbian and gay Catholic autobiographies - some book-length, others in the form of essays or even embedded in novels. These autobiographical "acts," argues McGinley, can provide the subjectivity-thick description- that is sorely lacking in the church's understanding of gay people. In Acts of Faith, Acts of Love, McGinley explores the overlap of religious and sexual identities in the stories gay men write about themselves. The autobiographical writings of 40 gay Catholics (or once Catholics) are...


Best American Gay Fiction 2, Vol. 2
Brian Bouldrey (Editor)
0316102997
September 1997
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Book Review
Since the Stonewall riots and the emergence of a vibrant, public homosexual culture, gay male fiction has been gradually coming out of the shadows and Brian Bouldrey's series Best American Gay Fiction is a fine barometer of its current state. These 21 pieces--ranging from excerpts of recently published novels to original short stories to fictionalized memoir--reflect the emotional and literary diversity of gay writing today. Bouldrey has chosen work by the already famous such as Andrew Holleran and Dale Peck, cult writers such as Kevin Killian, and up-and-coming authors such as Kolin M. Ohi and Tom House.

From Publishers Weekly
This intelligently assembled collection closes with one of the strongest stories (gay or otherwise) of the past few years. "Preservation News," by...

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