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Publisher Comments:

James Magruders collection of linked stories follows two gay cousins, Tom and Elliott, from adolescence in the 1970s to adulthood in the early 90s. With a rueful blend of comedy and tenderness, Magruder depicts their attempts to navigate the closet and the office and the lessons they learn about libidinous coworkers, résumé boosting, Italian suffixes, and frozen condoms. As Tom and Elliot search for trusting relationships while the AIDS crisis deepens, their paths diverge, leading Tom to a new sense of what matters most. Magruder is especially adept at rendering the moments that reveal unwritten codes of behavior to his characters, who have no way of learning them except through painful experience.

Loss is sudden, the fallout portrayed with a powerful economy. In Tom and Elliott, readers come to recognize themselves, driven by the same absurd desires and unconscious impulses, subjected to the same fates.

Review:

"In this witty, elegiac collection of linked stories, Magruder (Sugarless) traces the paths of two gay cousins, Tom Amelio and Elliott Biddler, as they grow up in the Midwest and eventually become wised-up, crisis-addled adults. Spanning 1971 to 1992, and set in cities ranging from Madison, Wis., to Paris, the collection captures a critical chapter in gay history. The innocent crushes and clumsy sexual forays we witness in early stories ('Tenochtitlán,' 'Use Your Head') give way to darker entries ('Elliott Biddler's Vie Bohème,' 'Elbows and Legs'), in which the cousins, entering adulthood in the '80s, begin to feel the threat of AIDS. Despite this occasionally morbid background, Magruder's tales are consistently light-footed. 'Buccellati' finds Elliott, 'the first to take his shirt off on the dance floor,' and Tom, a 'working stiff,' navigating gay romance in New York, while 'Mistress of the Revels,' a perfect, acrid portrait of theater life, allows Magruder to put his experience as a playwright to use. Though each story can be read as a standalone, the collection works better as a chronological whole, bringing to light the finer nuances of the cousins' development. Magruder's poetic insights — a gravely ill Elliott's face resembles 'a battered wasps' nest' — are offset by his tendency to bow tie stories with too-tidy conclusions. But this collection — especially its final, tragic entry — will leave readers moved. Agent: Katherine Fausset, Curtis Brown. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

James Magruder is a fiction writer, playwright, and award-winning translator. He teaches dramaturgy at Swarthmore College and fiction at the University of Baltimore. He is also the author of a novel, Sugarless (2009).
 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810152441
Author:
Magruder, James
Publisher:
Triquarterly Books
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-Gay Fiction
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20140631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this witty, elegiac collection of linked stories, Magruder (Sugarless) traces the paths of two gay cousins, Tom Amelio and Elliott Biddler, as they grow up in the Midwest and eventually become wised-up, crisis-addled adults. Spanning 1971 to 1992, and set in cities ranging from Madison, Wis., to Paris, the collection captures a critical chapter in gay history. The innocent crushes and clumsy sexual forays we witness in early stories ('Tenochtitlán,' 'Use Your Head') give way to darker entries ('Elliott Biddler's Vie Bohème,' 'Elbows and Legs'), in which the cousins, entering adulthood in the '80s, begin to feel the threat of AIDS. Despite this occasionally morbid background, Magruder's tales are consistently light-footed. 'Buccellati' finds Elliott, 'the first to take his shirt off on the dance floor,' and Tom, a 'working stiff,' navigating gay romance in New York, while 'Mistress of the Revels,' a perfect, acrid portrait of theater life, allows Magruder to put his experience as a playwright to use. Though each story can be read as a standalone, the collection works better as a chronological whole, bringing to light the finer nuances of the cousins' development. Magruder's poetic insights — a gravely ill Elliott's face resembles 'a battered wasps' nest' — are offset by his tendency to bow tie stories with too-tidy conclusions. But this collection — especially its final, tragic entry — will leave readers moved. Agent: Katherine Fausset, Curtis Brown. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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