Hilarious... Pre-Internet personals, perseverance, and a strong swimmer's sturdy build all pay off for the narrator of this engaging episodic novel about a rural gay artist's decade-long-search, after coming out at midlife, for heart-connecting love-not just sweaty sex. Alther's word portraits of men met along the way-among them a Nordic-god New Age bodybuilder with a dullblack toupee, a burly Bear with a bagful of erotic toys and a miniscule member, and a reclusive basket-weaver with magisterial forearms-are as humane as they are hilarious in a warm-hearted story. --Richard Labonte
Spectacularly witty... The Decade of Blind Dates
is a brave novel, a remarkable work of social and personal history. It is gay life as so many Americans lived it in the last decades of the last century, an alternately glorious and confounding picaresque of the mind and heart. It is also spectacularly witty-I started writing down lines that made me laugh out loud and soon ran out of paper. --Richard Stevenson, author of the Donald Strachey series
About the Author
Richard Alther is a professional writer,painter, and father who competes nationallyas a Masters Swimmer. He met his partneronline after years of far-flung adventures asan emerging gay man. They divide their timebetween homes in Southern California andVermont.