In Halfway Home, Paul Monette, the National Book Award winning author of Becoming a Man delivers a "fast-paced novel that swings between humor and tragedy, high camp and lowdown realism, gays and straights, winners and losers, people who are dying and people who are afraid to live" (Los Angeles Times).
Halfway Home centers around the story of thirty-four year old Tom Shaheen, an actor living with AIDS in southern California who has been forced to retire, because of his illness, to an isolated beach house. Tom's peaceful existence is shaken to the core when he receives a sudden and unexpected visit from his brother, Brian, a former high school football hero who, well-loved and athletic, was Tom's exact opposite while growing up. Brian's visit turns out to be more than Tom bargained for--Brian is seeking safety and sanctuary for himself and his family because of shady dealings in his contractor business back in Connecticut.
In the midst of dealing with his brother's crisis, Tom begins to bond deeply with his landlord. Gray--a connection that evolves into a bittersweet love affair, inspiring hope that there can be a life after AIDS.
Halfway Home is "an exceptionally honest and expressive work...a satisfyingly sane novel about living in an insane time" (The New York Times Book Review).
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This affecting, timely story of reconciliation, forgiveness and love begins as Tom Shaheen, weakened by symptoms of AIDS, retreats to an isolated oceanfront mansion in California. An unexpected visit from his brother, Brian, sparks Tom's hatred--as a boy, athletic, well-loved Brian was Tom's antithesis and tormentor. Brian leaves but soon returns with his family, their lives threatened by his involvement in construction-business racketeering. Tom tries to forgive him and together they face uncertain futures. Meanwhile, Tom's tentative acknowledgment of love for his quiet, reliable landlord, Gray, leads to a bittersweet bond which both agree is better late than never. There are some false notes here: Tom's concealed incestuous desires are fueled by unlikely gestures of affection from Brian; Brian's past catches up with him in a climactic scene that may or may not be black comedy; Tom's triumphant returns to the stage as controversial drag queen Miss Jesus are hollow attempts to invoke the censorship issue. Still, Monette ( Borrowed Time ; Afterlife ) adeptly portrays fear and hope, and his memorable, multifaceted characters transcend the boundaries suggested by their sexual orientations.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Descrizione libro Crown, 1991. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0517583291
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