By Tom Spanbauer
Tom Spanbauer is without doubt one of the such a lot mesmerizing writers in the United States this present day, and within the urban of Shy Hunters, his first novel in ten years, is a "rich and colorful" portrait of latest York within the Eighties, advised with "raw power" (David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle). Shy, troubled with a stutter, and being affected by his sexuality, Will Parker involves ny to flee the provincial western cities the place he grew up. In long island, he unearths himself surrounded for the 1st time via those that comprehend and have fun his quirks and flaws. He additionally starts off an unforgettable love affair with a risky, six-foot-five African-American drag queen and function artist named Rose. yet at the same time he's falling in love with Rose and starting to be into himself, Will needs to watch as AIDS escalates from a rumor right into a devastating tragedy. while a vicious insurrection erupts in an area park, Will seizes the opportunity to pay off the town for all it has taught him, in a climax that would depart readers shaken, fulfilled, and altered.
"In the town of Shy Hunters is so finely crafted ... you'll imagine you've been analyzing a modernist classic."
-- Peter Kurth, Salon.com
"Spanbauer's genius is living even within the asides ... teas[ing] out the true complexity of human love."
-- Thomas McGonigle, The Washington submit booklet global
"Ambitious and compelling ... a mix of the ghastly, the hilarious, and the apparently touching."
-- John Hartl, The Seattle instances
"In town of Shy Hunters has the earmarks of a literary landmark ... Its significance and originality are unmistakable."
-- Laura Demanski, The Baltimore solar
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