Chaos

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Bloomsbury, 2010 - Middle-aged gay men - 196 pages
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What happens when a life implodes? When a respected older man, a product of the liberated 1970s, is incapable of cleaning up his act for the twenty-first century? When he pursues sex with a rabidity his body and his reputation can no longer sustain?
In this collection, which features two new, previously unpublished stories, Edmund White explores different aspects of ageing, romance and sex. Taking an unsparing look at gay midlife, these stories are not fiction devoted to the dim splendours and miseries of the past but rather to the unsettling, irresistible claims of the present. Age remains one of the great taboos of gay culture, but Edmund White, as iconoclastic as ever, writes about maturity with the same precision and insight he brought to adolescence in A Boy's Own Story.
Edmund White has always been the ideal travelling companion, as he demonstrated in The Flâneur; here, he invites the reader to accompany him to Florida, the Greek Isles, and Turkey - and into the chaotic gay demimonde of contemporary New York.

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About the author (2010)

An esteemed novelist and cultural critic, Edmund White is the author of many books including the autobiographical A Boy's Own Story; a previous memoir, My Lives; and most recently a biography of poet Arthur Rimbaud. Edmund White lives in New York City and teaches writing at Princeton University. He is an Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a recipient of the Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts of Letters.

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