Front Cover
Avon Books, 1991 - AIDS (Disease) - 278 pages
1 Review
/Paul Monette Set against the big-city backdrop of Los angeles, Afterlife is a powerful novel of three AIDS widowers, all of whom lost their lovers in the same week--and who now must

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - astrologerjenny - LibraryThing

This novel - poignant, wry, and beautifully written - lets us in on what it felt like to be a gay man in the 80s, when the AIDS epidemic started devouring young lives. The three principle characters ... Read full review


User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

After dealing with the subject of AIDS autobiographically in Borrowed Time (LJ 8/88, and an LJ "Best Book of 1988'') and through poetry in Love Alone ( LJ 4/1/88), Monette turns to fiction. Three men ... Read full review


Section 1
Section 2
Section 3

10 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1991)

Paul Monette was born on October 16, 1945 in Lawrence, Mass., and has published numerous poetry collections, novels, novelizations, memoirs, and nonfiction works. A distinguished author of both poetry and prose, Monette's writings often explored issues relating to homosexuality and AIDS. After receiving critical acclaim in 1975 for a poetry collection The Carpenter at the Asylum, he veered away from his mainstay theme and produced an unlikely pair of books that demonstrated his poet's way with words. The books were No Witnesses, a collection of poems featuring imaginary adventures of famous figures, written in 1981, and The Long Shot, a mystery in which an avid shopper and a forger team to solve a murder. However, his following mystery, Lightfall, written in 1982, was not well-received by the critics. Monette next wrote Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 1992. His last work, Last Watch of the Night: Essays Too Personal and Otherwise, was a collection of 10 moving and uncompromising essays dealing with topics such as his beloved dog Puck and the 1993 Gay and Lesbian March on Washington, D.C. Paul Monette died as a result of complications from AIDS on February 18, 1995.

Bibliographic information