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Jack Holmes and his friend : a novel / Edmund White.

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Bethel Public Library F WHITE (Text to phone) 34030124379600 Adult Fiction Available -
Derby Neck Library FIC WHI (Text to phone) 34046124452106 Adult Fiction Available -
Gunn Memorial Library - Washington FIC WHI (Text to phone) 34055081679619 Adult Fiction Available -
Mark Twain Library Association - Redding FIC Whi (Text to phone) 33620121658443 Adult Fiction Available -
Oliver Wolcott Library - Litchfield FIC WHI (Text to phone) 36123001429859 Adult Fiction Available -
Silas Bronson Library - Waterbury FIC WHITE, E (Text to phone) 34005115743881 Adult Fiction Available -

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Summary, etc.: Traces the decades-long friendship of Jack Holmes and Will Wright, which is marked by Jack's secret love for Will, Will's marriage in spite of conflicted sexual feelings, and the devastating rise of AIDS--
Subject: Male friendship Fiction
Male homosexuality Fiction
Friendship Fiction
Homosexuality Fiction
Genre: Fiction.
Psychological fiction.

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Jack Holmes and His Friend
Jack Holmes and His Friend
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In his latest novel, National Book Critics Circle award winner White (Genet: A Life) presents Jack Holmes, an unambitious editorial assistant at a cultural journal and Midwestern WASP who is initially conflicted by homosexuality and an unrequited fascination with co-worker Will Wright, a Catholic blueblood and aspiring novelist. White leaves little room to empathize with either character as they separately wind through frank sexual encounters during the `60s and `70s; their ambivalent relationship, which is eventually marked by collusion over adultery, emerges as one of self-centered though occasionally tender intentions. A plot that glosses over several intervening years to narrate from Will's perspective in the second part and later returns to Jack in the third culminates in a mention of GRID (a protonym for AIDS)-a moment that serves more as a device to lead both men out of their "libertine" behavior within the span of a few sentences than as an historic, serious event worthy of reflection-best-suited for fans of White's previous work, as well as readers intrigued by complex friendships. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.

A theme largely unexplored in gay fiction but a very common aspect of the lives of gay men friendship with straight men is fertile ground for the creative and, at the same time, honest sensibilities of this esteemed American writer, author of the seminal A Boy's Own Story (1982). With a leisurely pace that allows his characters to breathe and grow and the reader to make their acquaintance in complete terms, and with the rich, precise style that has distinguished his prose for two decades, White follows the course of the friendship between a handsome midwesterner, Jack, who is gay but full of misgivings about his orientation, and Will, whom Jack meets at the office and who is straight but not nearly as devastatingly good-looking. The time period here is significant: the two decades between the opening salvos of gay liberation and the advent of the AIDS virus; what is important about the period is that this is a time when homosexuality was indeed speaking its name but was still creating stress for both those who were gay and those who were not but nevertheless were objects of gay desire. A well-drawn story that also serves as an important reconstruction of a time and situation important in the evolution of gay social acceptance. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Publicity for the latest novel by the eagerly read White includes a reading-group guide option, as well as marketing efforts pitched to reading-group sites, and author appearances in major cities.--Hooper, Brad Copyright 2010 Booklist

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