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Getting Over Homer Paperback – May 27, 1997
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The Homer of the title is a catty charmer with a shady past, a professional party-thrower who woos, screws, then "adieus" Blue. We follow the jilted through the healing process; it's painfully honest, but well leavened with wit. Getting Over Homer, ends much as it began: certain about love, uncertain about lovers, and through it all bravely funny.
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Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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"I might as well tell you the whole arguably beautiful ordeal," his narrator sighs. "It's one of those coming-of-middle-age stories. A *bull-dung*-whatever. 'Lost Labors Loved.'" The narrator, Hans Christian Monahan (nicknamed Blue), was a child prodigy of sorts, writing a popular song (the sappy "Love Is the Answer") at age 11; since then he's slowly declined to become, in his 30s, a pianist and songwriter of less than great reknown, "a drowning, unaccompanied, pasty guy."
Still believing that love is indeed the answer ("I'm a beauty fool. A hope dope."), Blue searches New York for the perfect guy. What he finds is Homer, a dazzling party consultant of uncertain past and future, a man who turns out to be "ultimately more mirage than marriage." Blue describes his love life: "A few painful misfires, a few wonderful misfires, and then Homer. Homer, who cried with happiness when I carried him up to the roof of his own building he'd never even been on. Homer, who then left me alone with the ocean." He unsuccessfully seeks comfort from his 11 eccentric siblings, from friends, from television, from the Unhappy Hunting Grounds of gay bars. Listless and dispirited, "I was living in the world's dullest nightmare," he says.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Completely uninteresting story of "Blue"'s
heartbreak over Homer, someone the reader
barely gets to know and has no reason to like. Read more
Good book. Took a few pages for me to get into it, but it won me over. I was afraid that it would be too limited an outlook, but the writer tells this familiar story so well that... Read morePublished on August 2, 1997