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His: Brilliant New Fiction by Gay Writers Paperback – November 1, 1995

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (November 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057119866X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571198665
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,516,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Novelist Drake (Closet Case) and poet Wolverton (Black Slip), who previously collaborated both on Indivisible, an anthology of West Coast gay and lesbian short fiction, and on last month's Hers: Brilliant New Fiction by Lesbian Writers, here offer a rich, imaginative and diverse, if uneven, collection of 18 previously unpublished short stories by new and established writers. The best includes samples of both, such as Bernard Cooper's portrayal of a teenage boy who tries to deny his sexuality by setting fire to his secret stash of male pornography; Rick Sanford's description of a middle-aged gay atheist's discussion of sexuality with a much-discomfited young Hasidic man; and Matthew Stadler's look at a perplexed college man trying to accept his affair with his 14-year-old cousin and, at the same time, his envy of his sister's lesbianism. Less strong is performance artist Tim Miller's "Tar Pit Heart," perhaps because it is an adaptation of part of his performance work, My Queer Body, about a high school boy's first gay date and kiss on the beach. These stories evince a wide range of characters and locales that hold the reader's interest when the grip of individual narratives occasionally wanes. But most refreshingly, narrative and eroticism are subtly entwined in this collection, and the integrity of the story is never sacrificed simply for sex.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

To saddle any anthology with this unrestrained subtitle is to raise unattainable expectations. Happily, Drake and Wolverton have very nearly fulfilled their promise of "brilliance" with this collection of never-before-published short stories. Although the introduction's defense of "literary quality" as the sole selection criterion is rambling and stilted, the editors seem to have stuck to that guiding purpose. The content ranges from the expected stories of coming-out and dealing with the loss of friends because of AIDS to tales of a dowdy housewife possessed by her new blond wig and a middle-aged man's obsession with the Chassidim of his Brooklyn neighborhood. The contributors include poets (Gil Cuadros), performance artists (Tim Miller), children's authors (Jason Friedman), and a mix of acclaimed story writers (O. Henry Prize winner Bernard Cooper), popular novelists (Robert Rodi, author of Closet Case, LJ 4/15/93), and first-time fiction writers. Presenting a mix of styles as varied as the authors' backgrounds and the stories' subject matter, this collection is unified by that simple but rare combination of freshness and solid writing that is the hallmark of literary quality. Recommended for all libraries collecting contemporary short fiction.?Eric Bryant, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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