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Heyday: That Shocking Novel of New York's Lavender Underworld Paperback – December 10, 2006


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"The most exciting book about New York in the 1920s to be written in years! Not simply a novel about the swanky, secret underside of old Broadway, but real literature--heart stopping and soul stirring above the rest!" --The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Michael Viktor Butler hails from upstate New York, where he was raised by six women his mother, grandmother and a multitude of aunts. Thus, he found himself surrounded by former bootleggers, ex-vaudevillians and failed poetesses who provided him with endless amounts of inspiration. Michael has worked as an entertainment agent, college professor and film and stage director and has a Ph.D. in the field of art and design.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Arbor Books (March 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977776433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977776436
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,799,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia D. Fitzgerald on July 22, 2007
Having been born after prohibition was repealed, I have no first-hand knowledge of this period of history. Michael Butler has provided me with wonderful information on this subject, as well as on the subject of the gay culture of the time. The story is at the same time raw, poignant, historical, and kept me on the edge of my chair.
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By Liz Lynch on July 25, 2007
I approached this book as a curiosity, but once I began to read it, I couldn't put it down. It is fascinating and fun, with interesting characters and a lively story whose twists and turns take you on a wild ride of adventure. This is not some cliche 1920s tome with obligatory flappers and bootleggers, but rather a well researched, well executed multidimensional work that makes the era really come to life. Although I know Heyday is being marketed to a gay audience, I really think this book will find a much larger following.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hagapoco on April 3, 2007
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Intricate, captivating and fun. I assume (from the back cover notes) that this is Butler's first novel, but it's hard to believe. He develops characters quickly, draws the reader in and leads them through a complex, at times almost zany, plot. The New York Times review originally caught my attention -- pretty lavish for an unknown -- but now I understand why. I hope Butler's working on his next novel right now.
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I read Heyday while on vacation this past month and was pleasantly surprised. Written in post war NYC (that is WWI) and prior to the crash of the stock market, the story revolves around a loveable protagonist who is surrounded by a family of friends that include several lovable but flawed personalities. The story is endearing and well written. This is easily one of my favorite stories, and I can hardly wait for Mr. Butler to pen another story...
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