Jack of Hearts: 2
Now, in Jack of Hearts, Joseph Hansen brings Nathan back for a second tender, funny, achingly truthful coming-of-age novel. The year is 1941, the place a small California foothill town. Nathan, at age seventeen, bewildered by sex but sure he wants to be a writer, falls in among a little-theater crowd he hopes will stage his first play, and learns from them painful lessons in growing up.
From Nathan's ineffectual parents, Alma the fortune-teller and Frank the out-of-work musician, to Kate McCracken, the raffish cook at Moon's cafe, where the journalism and theater students gather for breakfast; from Kenneth Stone, the lonely teacher whispered to be a Nazi spy, to wealthy Desmond Foley, in whose sunlit swimming pool it is rumored handsome boys swim naked on weekends, Jack of Hearts teems with lively characters, seen against a lovingly detailed background of times long past.
"A sweet read," the Baltimore Alternative called Living Upstairs. "Nathan is a perfect, whole character... a remarkable achievement." In Jack of Hearts, you will come to know Nathan even better. As a good many readers already have, you just may fall in love with him.
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JACK OF HEARTSUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
This prequel to the Lambda Awardwinning Living Upstairs (1993) finds 17-year-old Nathan Reed struggling on familiar ground- -with his family loyalties, his sexuality, and his vocation as a writer ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Bembo - LibraryThing
Jack of Hearts is set in 1941 in a small town in California. The central character, Nathan, is seventeen years old and in his last year of high school. He has a talent for writing, and is keen to have ... Read full review