- Paperback: 376 pages
- Publisher: Calumet Editions; 1 edition (June 6, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1939548454
- ISBN-13: 978-1939548450
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,158,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
IAN GRAHAM LEASK was born and raised in the London area. He is lucky to have had an unhappy childhood. He started writing at fifteen and has never stopped—his office is full of notebooks. He traveled. After a year in Germany, where he worked as a meat porter in a schlachthoff and wrote dull poety at night, he settled in Minneapolis, graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in English and writing, and narrowly avoided becoming a professor. He has thrived as a teacher, literary consultant, and publisher, and is the author of The Wounded and other stories about sons and fathers. He co-hosts KFAI’s literary radio show “Write On! Radio” and lives mostly in Minneapolis with frequent spells in London.
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Top customer reviews
The book opens with an Englishman named Terry learning that he has a messed-up, grown-up son from a long-ago affair. Meanwhile, that son, Gilbert, contemplates throwing himself off a bridge in Minneapolis because an affair with his brother's wife has ruined his life. Now that brother has disappeared, probably to New Orleans, in search of sex-change therapy. In search of his brother, Gilbert starts to frequent gay and trans bars, until eventually he travels to New Orleans, which operates here as the navel of the sexually ambiguous body. George, Gilbert's fat, protective, intensely miserable older brother, remains elusive, appearing mostly in everybody's memory, but appearing briefly in one scene of degradation. Meanwhile, with the help of the father who hasn't revealed himself, Gilbert tries to sort out his own sexual confusions and fears.
This is a book to make you think lots of uncomfortable thoughts. It's also lush, full of great description, characters and dialogue. Definitely worth a read.
What seems to be an interesting perspective on a late 90s early 2000 Minneapolis gay and transgender community , intertwined somewhat with the uptown Minneapolis salon culture. This book tells a few different stories. One of a man married to a woman ,and his own need to become a woman.
Another of the mans half brother, and their strange upbringing.
The story moves from Minneapolis to New Orleans where sex , voodoo , and subcultures play into the story and follows the Tarantino formula that mixes criss-crossing storylines, copious violence, witty dialogue, and laugh-aloud black comedy.
The vision of this English author is truly unique.