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Fresh Men: New Voices in Gay Fictionby Compiled By Edmund White and Weise
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Certain to become a literary touchstone, Fresh Men collects the best new writing by emerging gay authors from around the nation. The critically acclaimed author Edmund White, chair of the Creative Writing program at Princeton and the author of more than 17 gay works, selects 20 original stories from the new crop of extraordinary writers. With equal parts sensitivity and irreverence, Fresh Men 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. This groundbreaking collection also embodies a wide spectrum of literary tastes, from works rich in experimental, transgressive elements to more conventional, traditionally crafted stories.
"Twenty stories by up-and-coming gay male writers offer vibrant takes on themes ranging from coming out to unrequited obsession. The anthology opens with Vestal McIntyre's 'ONJ.com,' which follows a mean-spirited freelancer's manipulative relationship with a female boss. Philip Huang contributes a lyrical, poignant portrait of a young woman's sad life ('American Widow'), while Patrick Ryan's 'Ground Control' is a brilliant coming-of-age yarn about the bittersweet yearnings of a boy and his older classmate in the 1980s. The best discoveries include Scott Pomfret's 'Chicken,' a moving portrait of the tense intimacy between an aging gay man and a teenage hitchhiker with 'runaway eyes'; Jorge Ignacio Cortinas's engaging, atmospheric 'His Five-Year Sentence,' about a young Latino shoplifter's life in northern California; and Kevin Reardon's delicately droll office opera 'Teamwork.' Hearts both young and old soar with ecstasy and are consumed with longing in these irresistible tales. In the book's foreword, White notes that many feel gay fiction has 'run its course.' This excellent collection offers proof positive to the contrary. Forecast: The extent to which gay fiction has become part of the mainstream was recently underscored when Alan Hollinghurst's novel The Line of Beauty won the Man Booker prize, but specialized anthologies like this still give new writers useful exposure and should attract fresh attention. " Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Certain to become a literary touchstone, this collection gathers the best new writing by emerging gay authors from around the nation. White, chair of the Creative Writing program at Princeton and the author of more than 17 gay works, selects 20 original stories from the new crop of extraordinary writers.
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