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  • Series: Small Press Distribution (All Titles)
  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Livingston Press (May 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604890940
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604890945
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,867,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Eric Sasson received his M.A. in Creative Writing from New York University. In the past few years he's received scholarships from and attended the Aspen, Sewanee, Key West, Squaw Valley and Southampton writers' conferences, as well as the Summer Literary Seminar in St. Petersburg, Russia, for which he was a competition finalist. His story "Floating" was named a finalist for the Robert Olen Butler prize. Other stories have appeared in The Nashville Review, BLOOM, The Puritan, Liquid Imagination, Alligator Juniper, Trans, The Ledge, MARY magazine and The 2nd Hand. He's honored to have been awarded a 2010 residency fellowship to the Anderson Center in Minnesota, where he completed an edit of his first novel. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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I stayed up well past my bedtime to finish the entire book.
Big Daddy
Some of these stories will make you cry, some will make you groan, some will make you shiver, and some will make you stand up and say "YEAH, that's how it is!"
Will
I was transported into the worlds Sasson creates and entertained by the stories his narrators tell there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristen A. Meinzer on May 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
Don't let the cover fool you. This short story collection isn't just about about gay sex in hotel rooms. It's about complex characters (UFO abductees, orthodox Jews, gay suburban couples, closeted mommy's boys) and complex relationships (making love work, letting it end, getting on with the neighbors, ambiguous interactions with strangers). There's humor, there's sadness, and there's even a happy ending or two. Oh yeah, and if you're looking for it, there's also some gay sex in hotel rooms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Will on October 23, 2012
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Sometimes I get jealous of my gay writer friends. I think that compared to me at least, they have such a rich life - filled with things that I can never experience since my sexual orientation is NEVER called into question, never outlawed, and mostly never prosecuted. They have this whole world of things they can draw from to write about which I simply... lack.

Then I think about the things they have to put up with which make their lives so full and rich, and I decide I'm not so jealous after all.

Now, I don't know if my friend Eric Sasson has been to all the places his characters visit in his short story collection Margins of Tolerance - although I know he's well traveled. But if he's been to even HALF of them, then I'm jealous once again, and not of his experience as a gay man, but of his experience as a world traveler. I've been a LOT of places, but now that I have two school-aged kids, I don't get to go to far away places so much anymore.

What Eric has done with Margins of Tolerance is brilliant. He's taken those two things I'm jealous about - his experience as a gay man and his experience as a traveler - and combined them into a rich and varied commentary on things which transcend ALL experience.

Two common threads run through each of the stories contained in this volume: the first is that every protagonist is a gay male. (I think that's obvious from the things I've implied so far.) But if these stories focused solely on what it's like to be gay, then I think it would be easy to dismiss Eric as a writer who's found a comfortable niche - something to fall back on and rely on and repeat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Readingis Sexy on September 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
It's something to find a brilliant new writer out there in the ever-growing published mass of Indies. It's another thing to know the writer's work from the past and be able to experience a voice that has grown wider and deeper and uniquely "his," just like the characters on the pages of Margins of Tolerance.

Here are some of the notes I jotted down as I read:

Damn, this makes me think twice about the guy jammed up against me on the plane out of Hartsfield.

I'll bet a cool part time job would be as a hotel clerk in a foreign country, at least for a week.

I could call this a road map to a gay man's life, with highlighted routes... and asterisks to mark the things you REALLY shouldn't miss long the way, or I could just say this book is filled with great writing and unforgettable characters.

I felt that uncomfortable squirm in That Perfect Poison, and The World Needs Every Body. It's the squirm you feel when the narrator's "going there," whether you're ready or not, when you don't like the outcome, but you can't change it. I think that is a brilliant skill.

As is the way Sasson let me in secret travel techniques and the crap regarding travel that we all love to hate. He mixed it with a multi-cultural experience. that left me feeling wiser having read these stories, bubbe.

There were stories that I didn't want to end, like Floating, and one that felt like a major motion picture, the title story, Margins of Tolerance.

I could not love The Coming Revolution more, unless I could have it read to me again, by Sasson himself, as I reclined on a velvet chaise lounge in Idaho with a large glass of Pinot Noir in one hand and a Gauloise in the other.

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Sasson writes the global experiences of American gay men with skill, and more importantly, humanity. This isn't a book for those who are squeamish about reading sexual interludes, but those who are willing to accept Sasson's unflinchingly honest portraits of gay life will find this to be a deeply touching and thought-provoking collection.
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By Marcos Namit on January 15, 2013
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At once savage, cold, tender and a myriad of mixed emotions, Mr. Sasson's "Margins of Tolerance" is a collection that deserves recognition. The best stories are the ones of where it seems the search for love and acceptance juxtaposed with travel seems to echo one's universal need to be recognized and loved, no matter what the locale is (exotic and mysterious- Peru; dangerous and seemingly intolerant, South Africa) or stories such as "Dear Guy in 24B" or "Reason to Doubt" which force us to confront the brutalities and sadness of gay life--of where once again, the search for personal fulfillment amidst the loneliness among what McCullers would say ("The We of Me") are stories that make us think, and ponder what is truly acceptable.
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