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Things look bad for Rick Lahrem, a high school sophomore in a cookie-cutter Chicago suburb in 1976. His mother’s second husband is a licensed psychologist who eats like an ape, his stepsister is a stoner slut, and his father is engaged to a Southern belle. Rick’s only solace is his growing collection of original Broadway-cast LPs, bought on the sly at Wax Trax.

    After he brings two girls in speech class to tears by reading a story aloud, Rick is coaxed onto the interscholastic forensics team to perform an eight-minute dramatic interpretation of The Boys in the Band, the controversial sixties play about homosexuality. Unexpectedly successful at this oddball event, Rick begins winning tournaments and making friends with his teammates.

    Rick also discovers the joys of sex—with a speech coach from a rival school—just as his mother, reacting to a deteriorating home environment, makes an unnerving commitment to Christ. The newly confident Rick assumes this too shall pass—until the combined forces of family, sex, and faith threaten to undo him at the state meet in Peoria.

    James Magruder’s Sugarless offers a ruefully entertaining take on the simultaneous struggles of coming-out, coming-of-age, and coming-to-Jesus.

 
 
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Finalist, Lambda Book Award for Gay Debut Fiction, Lambda Literary Foundation

 
Finalist, TLA Gaybie Award for Best Gay Fiction

 
Semi-finalist, James Branch Cabell First Novelist Award, Virginia Commonwealth University

 
Semi-finalist, William Saroyan International Prize For Writing, Stanford University

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James Magruder’s Sugarless offers a ruefully entertaining take on the simultaneous struggles of coming-out, coming-of-age, and coming-to-Jesus.

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After his brilliant scientist boyfriend invents time travel and becomes a fervent Republican, John Sherkston is transported back to 1986, where he tries to save the life of his sister, save the country, and possibly save his relationship. Remembrance of Things I Forgot is a brilliant, satirical, poignant, and comic adventure.

 
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“The prospect of meeting my younger self made me feel awkwardly shy and embarrassed. I tried to think of how I would introduce myself: ‘I’m you, only with sagging flesh and problems you can’t imagine!’ That would win him over. Would he even recognize me? He would have to be disappointed by my appearance. No one wants to see how much hair he’ll lose and weight he’ll gain. I still had muscular arms and a firm chest, but had reached the age where every time I was photographed there was a fifty-fifty chance of a slight double chin vandalizing my portrait.”––excerpt from Remembrance of Things I Forgot

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“It’s safe to say your relationship is in trouble if the only way you can imagine solving your problems is by borrowing a time machine.”

            In 2006 comic book dealer John Sherkston has decided to break up with his physicist boyfriend, Taylor Esgard, on the very day Taylor announces he’s finally perfected a time machine for the U.S government. John travels back to 1986, where he encounters “Junior,” his younger, more innocent self. When Junior starts to flirt, John wonders how to reveal his identity: “I’m you, only with less hair and problems you can’t imagine.” He also meets up with the younger Taylor, and this unlikely trio teams up to plot a course around their future relationship troubles, prevent John’s sister from making a tragic decision, and stop George W. Bush from becoming president.
            In this wickedly comic, cross-country, time-bending journey, John confronts his own—and the nation’s—blunders, learning that a second chance at changing things for the better also brings new opportunities to screw them up. Through edgy humor, time travel, and droll one-liners, Bob Smith examines family dysfunction, suicide, New York City, and recent American history while effortlessly blending domestic comedy with science fiction. Part acidic political satire, part wild comedy, and part poignant social scrutiny, Remembrance of Things I Forgot is an uproarious adventure filled with sharp observations about our recent past.
 

About the Author

James Magruder is a playwright and award-winning translator who lives in Baltimore. He wrote the book for the Broadway musical Triumph of Love and has published stories in Bloom, Subtropics, and The Gettysburg Review. He teaches at Swarthmore College and the Yale School of Drama. This is his first novel.

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ISBN:
9780299233808
Author:
Magruder, James
Publisher:
Terrace Books
Author:
Smith, Bob
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
Coming out (Sexual orientation) - Illinois
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Gay
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-Gay Fiction
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1
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
274
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.9 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
James Magruder’s Sugarless offers a ruefully entertaining take on the simultaneous struggles of coming-out, coming-of-age, and coming-to-Jesus.
"Synopsis" by , '

After his brilliant scientist boyfriend invents time travel and becomes a fervent Republican, John Sherkston is transported back to 1986, where he tries to save the life of his sister, save the country, and possibly save his relationship. Remembrance of Things I Forgot is a brilliant, satirical, poignant, and comic adventure.

 
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"Synopsis" by , '

“The prospect of meeting my younger self made me feel awkwardly shy and embarrassed. I tried to think of how I would introduce myself: ‘I’m you, only with sagging flesh and problems you can’t imagine!’ That would win him over. Would he even recognize me? He would have to be disappointed by my appearance. No one wants to see how much hair he’ll lose and weight he’ll gain. I still had muscular arms and a firm chest, but had reached the age where every time I was photographed there was a fifty-fifty chance of a slight double chin vandalizing my portrait.”––excerpt from Remembrance of Things I Forgot

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"Synopsis" by ,

“It’s safe to say your relationship is in trouble if the only way you can imagine solving your problems is by borrowing a time machine.”

            In 2006 comic book dealer John Sherkston has decided to break up with his physicist boyfriend, Taylor Esgard, on the very day Taylor announces he’s finally perfected a time machine for the U.S government. John travels back to 1986, where he encounters “Junior,” his younger, more innocent self. When Junior starts to flirt, John wonders how to reveal his identity: “I’m you, only with less hair and problems you can’t imagine.” He also meets up with the younger Taylor, and this unlikely trio teams up to plot a course around their future relationship troubles, prevent John’s sister from making a tragic decision, and stop George W. Bush from becoming president.
            In this wickedly comic, cross-country, time-bending journey, John confronts his own—and the nation’s—blunders, learning that a second chance at changing things for the better also brings new opportunities to screw them up. Through edgy humor, time travel, and droll one-liners, Bob Smith examines family dysfunction, suicide, New York City, and recent American history while effortlessly blending domestic comedy with science fiction. Part acidic political satire, part wild comedy, and part poignant social scrutiny, Remembrance of Things I Forgot is an uproarious adventure filled with sharp observations about our recent past.
 

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