From Publishers Weekly
Stoddard's debut unconvincingly follows 20-year-old Christian White's downward spiral into a haze of drugs, petty crime, and hustling. Forced to leave home by his deeply religious mother, his childhood compromised by a father incarcerated for murder and a brother killed in a hit-and-run accident, Christian moves to San Francisco and becomes the boy toy of Cale, a well-to-do gay methamphetamine dealer, but ends up on the run in New York, possibly as a murderer. Seems Christian can't quite remember how he woke up in the bedroom of a dismembered man. Memory loss is a recurring theme, which allows the author to overuse the predictable literary device of abrupt flashes of insight by the suddenly enlightened character. There are also strange jumps and gaps in the story that are lightly sketched over or unexplained. Christian is a "great poet," yet we never once encounter any of his poems. The novel apes Hubert Selby Jr.'s Requiem for a Dream, but lacks Selby's interesting characters and accomplished prose. Clothing labels get more attention than character development, and despite his suffering, Christian comes across as self-absorbed, vapid, and materialistic. (Jan.)
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"...The writing sucks you in from the beginning and never lets go...Christian White is a compelling, fascinating character that comes alive with touches of brilliance and vivid prose." --Rainbow Reviews"In this fascinating novel, the author has intimately depicted the whirling frenzy of a soul with little insight into itself, then put that soul through the sharp-bladed blender of calamity..."
--Bruce Benderson, from the IntroductionThe details are familiar: familial-and other-dysfunctional relationships, religion, drugs, prostitution, even murder, but Stoddard's voice is fresh and honest, holding onto our attention and growing empathy.
--Tsipi Keller, author of Jackpot
"[Stoddard's] prose is beautiful. His characters are real...Christian White will captivate you. You will want to help him, you will become angry with him, and you will cheer him for small but meaningful accomplishments."
--Out in Print
Rated as one of "The Best LGBT Books of 2010" --Band of Thebes