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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 Introduction

The 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."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Triton Books (November 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982807414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982807415
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,664,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At age 20, Christian White remains a classic "lost boy," an aimless, emotionally-crippled, self-destructive mass of angst, mostly the result of his highly dysfunctional home environment, growing up in Connecticut. Now on his own in San Francisco, originally to attend school (but drops out quickly), Christian embarks on a crack and sex-fueled downward spiral, with his only "friends" those he met as drug suppliers, and his lovers mostly tricks who paid for the privilege. When the police get too close, Christian tries to go home, but finds circumstances that remind him why he left to begin with. He gets a receptionist job in Manhattan, shares a one-bedroom apartment with an angry lesbian, and is soon back to prostituting himself and spending his weekends in a drug haze. An ill-fated encounter with one trick results in him going to jail, charged with that man's murder, essentially the realization of Christian's main fear of turning into his estranged father, a convicted murderer also in prison.

The background of Christian's life, which eventually explains the emotional baggage he carries, is skillfully told in flashbacks throughout the length of the book. This is an extremely dark, emotionally raw and difficult story to read, but the first-time author manages to engage the reader's (perhaps morbid) curiosity about the young man and his future, and paints a noteworthy example of how childhood experiences can lead to serious issues in adulthood. Explicit sexual content and graphic details of drug use may be disturbing to some, but are used well in the context of the story of a young man who knows where his life is heading, but feels incapable of stopping it. Well-written, and I will definitely look for more from this talented author. Five stars out of five.

- Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
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I rated this book a 4 as I did enjoy reading it. The novel is better written than most of the current gay books I have been reading. It was more believable in the type of drug addiction that is portrayed and the character development. I cared about Christian.
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I almost gave it five stars... It was a well written story, one that I couldn't put down. But brutal to the end. The lead had a rough life, terrible
family problems, and got involved in every act of depravity. But it was a story/plot that caught me turning pages till the very end.
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While the nature of the book is well outside my own experience, the author tells a good story extraordinarily well. I read Mr. Stoddard's second book LIMITERS first and the two books are similar, but I enjoyed WHITE, CHRISTIAN a great deal and had a hard time putting it down. I highly recommend it.
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