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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (February 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141965991X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419659911
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,376,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A haunting vision of young friendship shattered by an outrageously cruel world.  Keith Hale's novel aches with adolescent first loves.  It is tender, funny, and true." - William S. Burroughs


"Don't overlook Keith Hale's Clicking Beat on the Brink of Nada.  Hale commands much of J. R. Ackerley's honesty, intimacy, and ease of style.  Real warmth."  - Jonathan Williams, The Jargon Society


"Poetically evokes the pathos of early friendships and the frailty of adolescent dreams." - The Advocate


"Keith Hale has given his novel characters with tenderness, wit, and humanity.  You should rush to purchase this book -- a remarkable novel that deserves wide readership." - Bay Area Reporter


"Clicking Beat is a must."  - RFD

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Keith Hale is author of the novels Cody (Clicking Beat on the Brink of Nada) and Letters to a Shooting Star. He has edited an anthology of gay literature from antiquity through the First World War (Ode to Boy), a collection of Lord Byron's love poetry for boys (Edleston), a collection of Rupert Brooke's letters that had been sealed for eighty years due to their homosexual themes (Friends and Apostles), a collection of Georgian Poetry, and editions of poetry by Shakespeare, Housman, and Brooke. Hale wrote the first and perhaps only account of gay life in the Balkans before the walls of Communism crumbled in his travelogue In the Land of Alexander, and he explored how the military's ban on gays affected the life of one ROTC cadet in his book Torn Allegiances. Hale is a native of Arkansas.

Customer Reviews

I love the characters and the writing itself is beautiful and simple.
aviv shener
I loved this book, indeed one of the best coming-of-age tales you will ever find.
William Siwicki
I would recommend this book to anyone, gay or straight, it doesn't matter.
Canadian Boy

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By William Siwicki on May 2, 2008
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From all the reviews I had read and the buzz I had heard, Clicking Beat on the Brink of Nada was presented as a classic gay coming-of-age novel. And it is, indeed. Well-drawn and well-rounded characters, wonderfully penned text that brings the people and locales to life, and a story that, in the end, is beautiful, tender and, sadly, heartbreaking. Like all great coming-of-age novels, this one is authentic, true-to-life and honest. No gimmicks nor dramatic license. I really connected with the lead character, the teen boy with the humorous--and foretelling--name Trotsky. His trials with coming out, first love, and how his mother's political views affect him and his family are written with great care. I loved this book, indeed one of the best coming-of-age tales you will ever find.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Foulon on October 18, 2000
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Fantastic book I know have read more than five times since the first edition came out. It will make you smile, cry, give you a bit of red ears and... will make you love cody like you love the boy next door.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 1998
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This is the most down-to-earth novel involving gay characters that I've ever read. I loved it, and fell in love with both Trotsky and Cody, as well as a couple of the minor characters. I couldn't stop reading and didn't want it to end.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 1998
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From the very beginning, I could not put this book down. It seemed to just grab hold of you from the wonderful beginning, and never let go until the sad end. I was surprised, although, not always pleasently, all throughout this book. I laughed, and I cried. But it evoked much more then happiness and sadness from me. I experienced a wide range of emotions when I read this. I was angry, upset, jealous for Trotsky, and all the other characters in the book. This was my first gay book since I have come out to myself, and I must say, it was an excellent experience. I give this book a 9 out of 10
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 1998
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I loved this book. It is the most down-to-earth gay novel I've ever come across. I fell in love with both of the main characters and a couple of minor characters as well. I could feel the love on every page. The plot's great, the writing's excellent, but what makes this one of my favorite books is the characters. I didn't want it to end because I didn't want to say goodbye to Trotsky and Cody. Fantastic book. I hope Hale writes another novel soon.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 1999
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This book beautifully captures a special time that every gay man goes through once in his life. Times that, more than usually ends in tragedy, like Trotsky's tragic end, but stays deep in our hearst and deep in our warmest memories, first love, first passion. This is a book that captures all of that in simple words, that make it readable for our youth. Who need beacons of light to get them out of the dark we all find ourselves in once in our lives. When I thought I was the only one, this book, awoke me and helped me get to my new life, as a proud homosexual.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Elvin Harkins on August 24, 2004
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I stumbled on this novel by chance, hoping for an easy summer read to hold me over until another novel I had been waiting for arrived. I quickly realized what a true gem I had as Trotsky's life in a new school in Little Rock unfolded. The depth of human emotion between Cody and Trostky is real and their connection can be felt by the reader. I don't want to ruin the unexpected and compelling ending, but it captures you and you feel what Trostky and Cody feel. This is a very short novel and easily could have gone one for another 100 pages. I would have liked to get to know some of the characters better. I think there are many similarities to Patricia Nell Warren's Front Runner here in this book. While the final pages offer a quick glipse into the future for our young heroes, I'd love to see a follow-up. I think this is the author's only published novel. That's a shame. If you have the good fortune to run across Cody, read it, enjoy it, and tell a friend. Cody and Trotsky will always live on in our hearts.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 1997
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A very recommendable book about two young boys falling in love. This book left a big impression to me after reading it. It's one of the best Gay novels I ever read
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