Synopses & Reviews
Vaslav is a boy with a sordid past and tenuous future. Born Johnny to a drug-addicted prostitute, Johnny becomes Vaslav when, at age seven, his mother dies of a drug overdose and a passing stranger befriends him and brings him to Australia to pass as his own, recently deceased son. As Vaslav, he lives a comfortable life as the well-loved son of a prominent gay man, but when he becomes a teenager he realizes that "Johnny" still lurks inside him. With the seeds of his own destruction sown deep within, Vaslav initiates a forbidden love affair, one that threatens to destroy him and all that he loves.
Glove Puppet is a brilliant novel where love and transgression, sex and manipulation, collapse upon each other, and where the best intentions yield the worst results.
"Racy as hell...hip, intelligent, sexy Johnny-Vas is one of the few literary adolescents as robust and intriguing as Huck Finn." --Booklist (starred review)
"A searingly perceptive narrative." --Publishers Weekly
"A courageously written and compelling novel, original and strongly written." --Sydney Star
About the Author
was born in 1964 in Melbourne, Australia, and was dubiously educated at various (now defunct) high schools and Camberwell Boys' Grammar. At the age of seventeen, he abandoned his education and suburban family home life for the lure of Chapel Street and life's more ephemeral things. He has worked in publishing for many years, has been a frequent contributor to OUTRAGE
magazine, and is a regular columnist for Sydney's Capital Q.
He lives in South Wales, Australia. Glove Puppet
is his first novel.