From Publishers Weekly
The age of consent provides the flash point for Schulman's disturbing eighth novel (after 1998's Shimmer
). The online activities of Stew Mulcahey—15, gay and troubled—lead him straight into the arms of David Ziemska, 39, and his lover, Joe. The two are subsequently arrested for child molestation. Schulman, a noted playwright and gay and lesbian rights activist, examines, with unflinching precision, the aftermath for Stew—his unhappy relationship with his family and the mental deterioration that leads to the senseless murder of Victor, Stew's young nephew. But if Stew is tried as an adult for murder, should the child molestation charge against David and Joe be dismissed? David's gay lawyer, Hockey Notkin, who's struggling with AIDS, turns for help to longtime friend and fellow lawyer, Eve Krasner, who's depressed, estranged from her partner and worried about cancer. Schulman crafts a piercing investigation into desire, mores and the law. (June)
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"A well-researched, energetic, bitterly truthful novel...It is Schulman's ability to look pain in the eye and convert it to wisdom that the reader admires."