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About the Author

Frank Anthony Polito was born in Detroit. He received his BFA in Theatre from Wayne State University and his MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon. He lives in Pleasant Ridge, Michigan with his partner, Craig Bentley. Readers can visit him on the web at http://www.frankanthonypolito.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Woodward Avenue Books (June 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615715109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615715100
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,865,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frank Anthony Polito is an award-winning author and playwright. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon and a BFA in Theatre from Wayne State. Published novels include BAND FAGS! (2008 "Best Fiction" - InsightOut Book Club), DRAMA QUEERS! (2009 Lambda Literary Award), REMEMBERING CHRISTMAS (featuring the sequel to BAND FAGS!), LOST IN THE '90s, and THE SPIRIT OF DETROIT.

His plays ANOTHER DAY ON WILLOW ST and BAND FAGS! (based on his novel) have been produced in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dayton, Omaha, Annapolis, and New York City, where he resided for 18 years. His other writing has been featured in Instinct magazine and online at The Advocate.com and AfterElton.com. He is also a regular contributor to the popular New York City lifestyle blog Kenneth in the 212.

Frank grew up in the Detroit suburb of Hazel Park and currently resides in Pleasant Ridge with his partner, Craig Bentley. Readers can visit him on the web at www.frankanthonypolito.com

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After an extended hiatus, Frank Anthony Polito returns to the world of Bradley Dayton, one of the main characters from his previous novels. This time though, the novel is decidedly more grown up in both style and language, which is more than appropriate seeing as Bradley is now a man in his 20's. I was delighted to see the books grow up with the character.

This book takes on many heavy topics including drug use, drag, the blurred lines of sexuality, and, of course, theater drama. The books zooms merrily along at a good pace for the most part, but several parts felt rushed a bit too much, including the grand finale ending. I was left with a few questions at the end, but i can only hope that that means we will be hearing from Bradley Dayton again soon!
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Navigating a new place to attend school can seem overwhelming at the start but Bradley seems to fit in with his new found friends. He takes us on a journey through the theatre world of the recent past in Detroit where he discovers his limitations and capabilities. I liked the familiarity of the settings and people in a way a long lost friend would tell you a story to catch you up to speed on his life. There were several twists in the novel that kept me interested in how things would turn out. I would recommed this novel to anyone interested in a character trying to reach his goals while being distracted in an urban setting.
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I've enjoyed Mr. Polite's other Detroit works. I enjoyed this one as well, though some of the coincidences were a little too Dickensian. It also seemed to lack the same focus as his other books. It had a lot of interesting ideas and characters, but it probably would have benefitted from a surer sense of direction. Still a very enjoyable look into Mr. Polito's Detroit.
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Amazing read! So cleaver and funny plus a dash do Detroit history. I would suggest this book to,anyone. Enjoy this book!
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