Rat Bohemia (Large Print 16pt)

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Limited, Jul 9, 2010 - 268 pages
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First published in 1995, this award-winning novel, written from the epicentre of the AIDS crisis, is a bold, achingly honest story set in the ''rat bohemia'' of New York City, whose huddled masses include gay men and lesbians who bond with one another in the wake of loss. Navigating the currents of the city is Rita Mae, a rat exterminator who holds the optimism of all true bohemians - those who stand outside of the prevailing social apparatus. She and her friends seek new ways to be truthful and honest about their lives as others around them avert their glances. Inspired by A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe, Rat Bohemia is an expansive novel about coping with loss and healing the wounds of the past by reinventing oneself in the city. Rat Bohemia won the Ferro-Grumley Award for Lesbian Fiction, and was named one of the ''100 Best Gay and Lesbian Novels of All Time'' by the Publishing Triangle.

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User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

Schulman follows several gay characters living among the rats in 1990s Lower East Side, New York. Call it Rent without the happy music. Subtext running through book is the heartbreak of parental ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rashmi Tiwari - Goodreads

So this book belongs up there with Angels in America and And The Band Played On as a really excellent history of a time when HIV was a certain death sentence in America. It takes place in New York in ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Sarah Schulman, Distinguished Professor of English at CUNY, Staten Island, is the author of nine novels, five books of nonfiction, plays, and films.

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