Nights In Aruba: A Novel

Paperback | December 18, 2001

byAndrew Holleran

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This groundbreaking novel of gay life centers around Paul, an uneasy commuter between two parallel worlds. He is the dutiful son of aging, upper-middle-class parents living in Florida, and a homosexual man plunged deliriously into the world of New York City's bars, baths, and one-night stands. With wry humor and subtle lyricism, Holleran reveals the tragedy and comedy of one man's struggle to come to terms with middle age, homosexuality, truth, love, and life itself.

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This groundbreaking novel of gay life centers around Paul, an uneasy commuter between two parallel worlds. He is the dutiful son of aging, upper-middle-class parents living in Florida, and a homosexual man plunged deliriously into the world of New York City's bars, baths, and one-night stands. With wry humor and subtle lyricism, Holler...

Andrew Holleran, a Harvard graduate, is a well-known journalist and frequent contributor to major gay publications. Dancer from the Dance, his first novel, was originally published in 1978 to great critical acclaim. He is also the author of Nights in Aruba, The Beauty of Men, Ground Zero, In the Mirror of Men's Eyes, and In September, ...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:December 18, 2001Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060937343

ISBN - 13:9780060937348

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lyric, Cyclic, and So Gentle and Sad At the core of this narrative is Paul, a gay man who seems to be caught between two worlds. His mother and father live in Jasper, a dried up town with nothing but familial obligation and a sense of hiding himself, and he visits after Christmas, yearly, as a kind of break from the sexual abandon (and freedom, and anonymity, and hollowness) of his life in New York. Lyric in prose, and cyclic with the gentle repetitious holding pattern of Paul's life, the story isn't linear, and indeed reads almost more like a character study. The secondary characters are vivid, and most especially Paul's relationship with his mother scorches from the page.
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