A Fragile Circle: A Memoir

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Alyson Books, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 295 pages
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Mark Senak, a naive young lawyer, volunteers to write deathbed wills for men with AIDS in the earliest years of the epidemic and finds himself in unimaginably hellish prison cells and charity hospital wards. When he later falls in love with a handsome model with AIDS, Senak must face the fact that for him the battle has now crept irrevocably into the home front. Later still, a well-known movie star confides to him that he too has AIDS and asks for help in securing medical treatment -- and keeping the news from an inquisitive press. A Fragile Circle tells the true story of one man's discovery that in a time of fear and horror, one can also find love, honor, and courage.

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Not since Fenton Johnson's Geography of the Heart (LJ 3/15/96) has there been such a well-written and moving memoir about AIDS. Senak, who has worked for various prominent AIDS service agencies ... Read full review


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