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J LHLS Archives: September 2006

Friday, September 29, 2006

Unqueering the Deal
By Allison Burnett

Three years ago I published my first novel. Set in 1984 Manhattan, Christopher tells the story of a young man struggling to revive his hope and idealism after they have been trampled to death by his unfaithful actress-wife. What sets the novel apart from the hundreds of other adulterous-actress survival yarns published each year is that it is narrated by Christopher's next-door neighbor Ė a fat, balding, middle-aged, erudite, chemically imbalanced, alcoholic gay man named B.K. Troop. Fueled by thwarted lust for his hopelessly straight neighbor, B.K. narrates both Christopher's outer and inner life Ė a point of view which B.K. immodestly dubs the "first-person virtually omniscient."

Despite my female name and passion for antiques, I am a straight male, yet it had never occurred to me that letting a gay man narrate my novel was a big deal, but it was. When my straight male friends read the manuscript, most reacted with genuine alarm, some with horror. Was I insane? What if people confused me with B.K.? What if people thought I was gay? This struck me as absurd. For years, I had been writing screenplays about women without anyone ever accusing me of being a woman. (Five minutes in a bright room with me naked and it's fairly obvious that I'm not.) [more]

Posted by Allison Burnett @ 01:42 PM PST [Link]

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

House Beautiful
By Allison Burnett
Published by Carroll and Graf

Review by Julia Hendricks

BK Troop, the reluctant hero of Christopher, is back in House Beautiful.

With the death of a friend, BK inherits the House Beautiful, which is large and beautiful and more than he can afford to maintain. Making a virtue out of necessity, he decides to recreate himself as the landlord and mentor of a colony of artists paying reduced rents, and one young scientist masquerading as a poet. [more]

Posted by Julia Hendricks @ 10:03 AM PST [Link]

Monday, September 25, 2006

The Lump
By Chris Wisnia
Salt Peter Press

Review by Leigh Anne Wilson

There is so much going on in Chris Wisniaís compilation of The Lump, his hardboiled, macabre murder mystery told through tabloid-colored glasses, that Iím not exactly sure what to focus on. In fact, I donít think I read it correctly, or, at least, it is perhaps put together in a way that pulled me in two different directions, making it difficult to give my full attention to either one. Which is kind of a shame, because both paths Wisnia takes the reader down are an awful lot of fun. [more]

Posted by Leigh Anne Wilson @ 08:42 PM PST [Link]

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