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Sharlach's winning debut is a moving portrait of the gay community before and during the age of AIDS. ...... The author does a masterful job of portraying love and loss in a fast-moving and engaging story that will linger with the reader long after the final page is turned.   Publishers Weekly - April 9, 2012

A vibrant, accomplished debut... undeniably charming... --Kirkus Reviews

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Author Jeffrey Sharlach paints a brilliant picture of life in New York for a gay man at that moment in history. Running in Bed encapsulates the highs and lows of being true to oneself at a time when homosexuality was often considered a disease from which one could be cured. From the New York club scene to summers on Fire Island to the dawn of AIDS, Sharlach writes with humor, poignancy, and charm, presenting characters who are universal in their appeal. Running in Bed's incomparable, evocative images will resonate with readers, regardless of their personal persuasion.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Two Harbors Press (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937293483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937293482
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,338,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Foster Corbin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 21, 2012
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Salman Rushdie said in a lecture I heard a few years ago that all fiction ultimately is autobiographical but that it doesn't matter in the end. I believe that is an accurate remembrance of what he said. I kept wondering, nevertheless, as I read RUNNING IN BED how much of Mr. Sharlach's debut novel is autobiographical. He says in the acknowledgments page that "Although this is not a memoir, I've tried to be as faithful to the period as my memory permitted." To get up close and personal, I guess I really hoped that there was a lot of his partner Ken in the character Tommy-- not the call boy part certainly-- or to put it another way, that their love was as warm and wonderful as that of Tommy and the narrator Josh.

Sometimes fiction writers woo you with words so poetic that the novel or short story almost becomes a prose poem. That is not the case here since Mr. Sharlach writes pretty much sans metaphors and to the point. What he has done, however, is create fresh and blood characters that when you finish this eminently readable novel, there is a hole left in your heart and you miss them. For several hours they became as real to me as anyone I know who walks on this planet.

Reading this novel was like taking a journey all too familiar as the author writes about the ten year stretch of time in New York from 1977 until the late 1980's when the events that took place there were replicated in a lesser degree in other major cities in the U. S.
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Set in New York City in the late 70s and into the 80s, this is the drama of those who went from a hedonistic lifestyle to one that changed everyone regardless of their sexual orientation. As AIDS appeared on the scene, it began as a mysterious set of symptoms to the recognition of it as a disease, to ineffective treatments, as thousands of people died. Especially hard hit was the gay community.

Mr Sharlach's first novel shows great promise for him as a writer of fiction. His characters are well developed and his plot flows as if he had kept a diary of daily life of that era. This is a well-written tale of an era that cannot be forgotten. I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in diversity, acceptance, and the fact that love for another human being is not restricted by gender.
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Although Running in Bed is fiction, it reads as a very sharp memoir, accurately recalling the gay New York world of the 70's, 80's and early 90's. The author clearly observed the changes in the gay community from being all but completely closeted to out. He has shared the nightmares of the AIDS epidemic, without allowing it to overshadow the relationships of his characters. Truly a fine read, and a clear vision of a period in gay history filled with the anxieties of coming out, both individually, and as a community, the joy of acceptance, the pain of bigotry, and suffering of loss of friends and loved ones. I highly recommend this book.
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I bought and read RUNNING IN BED shortly after it came out. I was attracted to it because I am gay, author Sharlach's age, born near him in Connecticut, and had similar experiences in 1970s and 1980s New York. while there was never anyone like Tommy in my own life, I did lose many friends and, in some sense, had to start all over again as Josh does. I suppose many of us are the survivors Jeff Sharlach is, but our numbers do not make the pain any more bearable. The writing is tight and energetic-- Sharlach's appetite for living comes through. I recommend it to you.
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I loved Jeffrey Sharlach's book, Running in Bed. It's a beautiful well written love story. It deals with coming out and coming of age in New York City in the late 70's and 80's. The author's characters drew me in and got me emotionally invested in the story. I was anxious for Josh, the main character's search for true love and happy when he found Tommy. I felt the pain and joy that Josh went through negotiating his relationship with Tommy and their friends. Jeffrey Sharlock's book, Running in Bed, is a wonderful read that I would recommend to everyone.
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In my experience with gay themed books there is a steep cliff either cheap dime-store romance of literary porn. This book delightfully tells a story about a man that comes to grips with his homosexuality search for love then loss.
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If you're looking for a book to help understand the gay experience in NYC before and during the AIDS crisis of the 80's this is the book. With a first-person perspective, but without becoming erotica, the writer walks us through the heady of days of the gay scene in the 1970's, and into the confusion, fear, and heartbreak of the 1980's. You will find yourself both grieved and uplifted by the time it's done.
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This romanticized perspective on the gay life in NYC and Fire Island before and during the AIDS crisis is a quick read. It captures that era pretty well but can be
quite predictable in places. All in all, if you are interested in that time period, not a bad read.
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