Synopses & Reviews
A hilarious and deeply moving account of one mans journey from stereotype to truth.
Joel Derfner is a knitter, an aerobics instructor, a cheerleader, a go-go dancer, and a musical theater composer, but when he realizes one day that hes a walking gay cliché he embarks on a quest for deeper meaning. A very, very funny quest for deeper meaning. And whether hes confronting the demons of his past at a GLBT summer camp, using the Internet to “meet” men-many, many men-or going undercover to a conference of ex-gays, he discovers that what hes looking for-and sometimes even finds, hidden underneath the surface of everyday life-is his own identity. In the tradition of David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs, yet with its own particular flair, Swish is a story told with not just wit but humor; not just candor but honesty; and not just compassion but humanity.
Written with wicked humor and keen insight, "Swish" is at once a hilarious look at contemporary ideas about gay culture and a poignant exploration of identity that will speak to all readers--gay, straight, and in between.
About the Author
JOEL DERFNER graduated from Harvard with a degree in linguistics. His work for the musical theater has been produced in London, New York, and various cities in between. He lives in New York City.