Borrowed light: a novel
Lisa Schamess's novel is much more than a book about the scourge of AIDS. It is a riveting interior view of a mind facing its own demise -- in understated language devoid of histrionics. This is a novel about a particular gay man's struggle to cope with his imminent death even as he tries to keep up with his professional commitments (he's a Washington, D.C., architect) and with mending his tangled personal relationships. It is also a story with universal reverberations. The milieu of Schamess's masterful first novel is David Baum's dying consciousness; human mortality is its theme.
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