American Studies

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Alyson Publications, 2009 - Fiction - 275 pages
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Sixty-two-year-old Reeve lies in a hospital bed—the result of a vicious beating. As he convalesces, he constructs a history for the reader, not just of the lives of himself and his mentor, Tom Slater, but of fifty years of America and the gay experience. Called “an intelligent, compassionate and moving novel” by Dale Peck, this first novel by Mark Merlis is back in print to illuminate a world that for many has never been known and, for some, will never be forgotten.

Mark Merlis is the prize-winning novelist of An Arrow's Flight and Man About Town.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

This ambitious and intelligent first novel by a D.C.-based gay writer focuses on the bad old days before Stonewall and one victim of the dual McCarthyisms of red-hunting and gay-baiting. Merlis has ... Read full review

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Reeve is lain up in the hospital after being beaten up by a man he picked up in a bar. As he recuperates, he considers his life to date, thus revealing to us the significant details. Reeve ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Mark Merlis is a prize-winning novelist and author of "An Arrow's Flight" and "Man About Town." He is also a health policy consultant with thirty years of experience.

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