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Second Son (de ParisDude)

Synopsis Mark Valerian, the second son in the Valerian family, is ill, but determined to live life to the fullest—and live forever if he can. When he discovers Bill Mackey, a young theatrical designer who is also suffering from this disease neither wants to name, he also finds the lover of his dreams. Together they develop an incredible plan to survive that will take them to Europe, to rustic Maine, and finally to the wonderful seaside summer mansion of the Valerian family, where father and son confront the painful ties of kinship…and the joyous bonds of love. Originally published in 1989, it was Ferro’s final novel, completed in the months leading to his death from AIDS as he cared for

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Mask for a Diva (de ParisDude)

Synopsis A Stan Kraychik Mystery, Book 4 – Stan Kraychik, Boston hair-dresser extraordinaire, has been hired as the wig master’s assistant for the upcoming season of a local opera company. The Italian opera diva and aging soprano Marcella Ostinata, whose use of English is determined by her irritation level, will perform the lead. Before Stan heads to Europe to meet his lover’s parents, one of the actresses from the company kills herself by jumping into the path of a train. Befriending the benefactor, Stan moves into a house on the benefactor’s estate, where a very attractive deaf/mute boy takes a fancy to him. As the company heads unsteadily towards opening night, murder threatens the entire festival and Stan finds himself

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Dead On Your Feet (de ParisDude)

Synopsis A Stan Kraychik Mystery, Book 3 — Spring is in the air and Stan has been with his boyfriend, ballet dancer and choreographer, Rafik, for a year. Alas, jealousy rears its ugly head and Stan storms out of a dinner party given by the director of the ballet company. After crying himself to sleep, he is woken in the morning by Rafik’s phone call. Stani, there is great trouble. Max Harkey is dead. Suspects abound. Two young ballet dancers, dating each other but both in love with a third unattainable person. The mistress of the company, whose niece was about to be the lead in Max’ next production before she fell and broke her hip. The houseboy who sends

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Mémoires d’Hadrien (de ParisDude)

Synopsis Cette œuvre, qui est à la fois roman, histoire, poésie, a été saluée par la critique française et mondiale comme un événement littéraire. En imaginant les Mémoires d’un grand empereur romain, l’auteur a voulu « refaire du dedans ce que les archéologues du XIXe siècle ont fait du dehors ». Jugeant sans complaisance sa vie d’homme et son œuvre politique, Hadrien n’ignore pas que Rome, malgré sa grandeur, finira un jour par périr, mais son réalisme romain et son humanisme hérité des Grecs lui font sentir l’importance de penser et de servir jusqu’au bout. « … Je me sentais responsable de la beauté du monde », dit ce héros dont les problèmes sont ceux de l’homme de tous les temps : les dangers

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The Blue Star (de ParisDude)

Synopsis Two heroes, reflective Peter and Byronic Chase, indulge their youthful appetites in Florence. Over the next 20 years their paths diverge and reconverge. Chase marries into the Italian aristocracy and Peter pursues his passion for Lorenzo, a beautiful young Florentine. The past impinges on the present as the story of Chase’s ancestor, Orvil Starkweather, is revealed – the secrets of his life sounding a counterpoint to Chase’s. New York City’s Central Park and the imposing figure of designer Frederick Law Olmsted provide a mysterious connection to Chase’s life. The story of the two men unfolds in Florence and New York exposing the unimagined and startling connection with the past, and taking them finally on a fateful cruise up the

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A Cry in the Desert (de ParisDude)

Synopsis A story of the battle against tyranny that remains as relevant now as when it was written. A group of friends living in Las Vegas are happy and successful: doctors, lawyers, journalists, and decorators. However, their lives go from utopian to dystopian when a law passes to allow the quarantine of those suspected to have AIDS. The government, in a blatant overreach, closes the Nevada border. Those tagged as homosexuals disappear in the middle of the night. Spurred on, former Public Defender wunderkind Larry Armstrong and his lover Dr. Carl Woodsford fight Dr. Alfred Botts, a brilliant strategist who creates a concentration camp in the middle of the Nevada desert where, once behind the tall walls, people are never

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Mountain Climbing in Sheridan Square (de ParisDude)

Synopsis A series of discrete episodes among friends provide snapshots of one gay man’s life. There are parties, concerts, dinners with everyday life – and death – interwoven in the rich story-telling. An actress, a painter, a set designer, a writer – all sweating and surviving in Manhattan, all scoring their first successes. Part autobiography and part documentary, artfully written, it details the lives of these creative people. Young and professional, they know there is more to life than money. There is trust and the sort of love that trades in deeds of kindness. Leventhal’s debut novel was welcomed warmly garnering a Lambda Literary Awards Finalist in 1988, this new edition features a 2020 foreword by Christopher Bram. Notre avis

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The Lost Language of Cranes (de ParisDude)

Synopsis Quand Philip, un jeune New-Yorkais qui a décidé de vivre ouvertement son homosexualité, révèle enfin son secret à ses parents, il n’imagine pas toutes les conséquences de son aveu. Rose et Owen sont d’autant plus bouleversés que cet aveu survient au moment où ils doivent affronter une grave crise. Locataires menacés d’expulsion, ils vivent une remise en cause, tant morale que matérielle, de leur existence tout entière. Existence qui recèle des zones d’ombre : le père de Philip lutte lui-même depuis des années contre ses propres tendances homosexuelles. La déclaration intempestive du fils chamboulera cet équilibre précaire. Leavitt, sismographe des cataclysmes ordinaires, se plaît à entrer en scène à ce moment critique. Il guette la cellule familiale sur le point

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Nous étions l’histoire en marche

Synopsis « Nous étions l’Histoire en marche » raconte la relation tumultueuse de deux cousins qui traversent l’histoire de l’Amérique de l’après-guerre jusqu’à nos jours, leur enfance de baby boomers, la découverte de leur sexualité, leurs amours, leurs ruptures et réconciliations, avec en contre-champ, la naissance d’Act Up, Woodstock, l’explosion du disco, la consommation de drogues, les fêtes fastueuses de Fire Island Pines, les folies douces de San Francisco, le militantisme de Greenwich Village et toute une série de clins d’oeil aux personnalités et à l’histoire de notre temps. Un roman au souffle large et puissant, qui se déploie comme une épopée, et que l’écrivain Edmund White a comparé à un équivalent gay de « Autant en emporte le vent ». Lors de sa

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Love You To Death (de ParisDude)

Synopsis Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and everyone has a sweetheart, except Stan Kraychik, Boston’s sassiest hairdresser. Ever hopeful of meeting Mr. Right, Stan attends a gala reception that culminates in a death by poisoning, and romantic problems take a back seat to murder. Then Boston police arrest Stan’s friend Laurett Cole, who leaves her four-year-old son in Stan’s care. In his quest to free Laurett from suspicion and himself from his ill-mannered ward, Stan finds himself exploring the secrets of a revered Boston institution, the Gladys Gardner Chocolate Company. There, along with the sweet edibles, he finds an assortment of not-so-delectable murder. First edition published by St. Martin’s Press, January 1993. Note: A Lambda Literary Awards Finalist in 1993,

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