Gutter Boys: A Novel
A twisted gay tale of unrequited love in Lower Manhattan in the early 1980s filled with scenes of humorous debauchery. Jeremy, a shy 19-year-old, falls madly in love with Colin, a disturbed yet well-read older hustler. Though Colin rejects Jeremy as a lover, he takes him on as a protégé, introducing him to the hilariously depraved world of new wave nightclubs and gay bars in the days before AIDS and the war on drugs. Innocent Jeremy, protected by the guardian spirits of his beloved dead grandmothers - one a fiery Jewish socialist, the other a proper British matron - becomes increasingly unstable under the strain of his unanswered devotion. When Jeremy finally snaps, he reaches an understanding with Colin that he never anticipated.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - anderlawlor - LibraryThing
This is my favorite of Alvin's books. It's set in the queer punk scene of the late 70s, which I always fetishize because it was just before my time. His characters are totally heartbreaking and memorable, and his writing is funny without being cynical. Read full review