They Change the Subject

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University of Wisconsin Press, Jun 27, 2005 - Fiction - 160 pages
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Treacherously comic and poignant, the autobiographical stories in They Change the Subject follow a young man’s quest for identity through love and desire. Sustained by a single voice, the stories simultaneously offer a fractured novel and stand, powerfully, on their own. At the center of each tale is the heightened, visceral possibility of unexpected emotional encounters—from an escort’s dates in Manhattan hotels to a photo shoot that doubles as seduction. Always pushing toward a bigger shiver of passion, Martin’s young-man-on-the-make learns how to adapt his persona to suit his lovers’ needs and tries to embrace his own experience—and his self—by becoming the purest object of desire.

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User Review  - CMolieri - Goodreads

This book is an easy read, easily finished in under two hours. The narrator walks you through stories about working as an escort, his tricks, his searches for love and lust, his heartbreak, and his hope. Its both bittersweet and at times humorous with an undertone of a glimmer of hope. Read full review


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Douglas A. Martin's first novel, Outline of My Lover, was nominated for the American Library Association's GLBT Book Award, a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and named an international book of the year in the Times Literary Supplement. It has been adapted in part by the Ballett Frankfurt in the production Kammer/Kammer. The author of two collections of poetry, Martin currently teaches at New School University in New York.

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