Boys in the Brownstone

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There’s a lot more to gay life in the big city than Queer As Folk, QueerEye, and Will and Grace!

A "gentlemen’s bar" on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the Brownstone is aquaint oasis of Chippendale and Sondheim in a wasteland of chrome and clubkids. But the boys in the Brownstone aren’t all gentlemen. And their livesare anything but quaint. This sparkling collection of witty,affectionate-and disturbing-tales of the city will induce smiles, chuckles,and chills as it weaves through ...

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Overview

There’s a lot more to gay life in the big city than Queer As Folk, QueerEye, and Will and Grace!

A "gentlemen’s bar" on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the Brownstone is aquaint oasis of Chippendale and Sondheim in a wasteland of chrome and clubkids. But the boys in the Brownstone aren’t all gentlemen. And their livesare anything but quaint. This sparkling collection of witty,affectionate-and disturbing-tales of the city will induce smiles, chuckles,and chills as it weaves through a colorful assortment of characters linkedtogether in the most surprising ways. Join them at the Brownstone as theygather together-some for the first time, others for the last-on the nightbefore Christmas Eve in this smart and funny first novel that’s not aboutlifestyles-just lives with plenty of style.

A richly detailed slice of gay life in the big city from screenwriter KevinScott (Key Exchange), The Boys in the Brownstone is alive and kicking withthe ups and downs of the real world where gay men may be hot, funny, andfashionable but are also real men with jobs, families, and fears. Withhumor, heart, and a little bit of courage, they deal with the issues of gaymarriage, gays in the priesthood, AIDS, diversity, narcissism, consumerism,circuit parties, and everything else that comes with the territory whenyou’re living in gay New York City, circa 2004.

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David Kauffman
The Boys in the Brownstone— is a potent reminder that anything approaching a kind of truth is best apprehended through fine literature and fiction. This remarkable, thought-provoking novel combines the pioneering story-telling methods of Ford Maddox Ford, Laurence Durrell, and Robert Altman to emphasize that life is prismatic and multi-layered.
— Author of Ridiculous: The Theatrical Life and Times of Charles Ludlum
Gilberto Perez
This is the kind of book that gets better and better as it goes along. The stories interweave, and the reader takes growing pleasure in the way the separate strands knit together and form a rich tapestry. It’s like a "Winesburg, Ohio" set in gay New York, except that the characters in Sherwood Anderson never transcend their isolation and marginality, and here they do: here they manage to come together into a community of shared identity. The Boys in the Brownstone is clear-eyed, tough, and at the same time funny and tender.
— Author of The Material Ghost
Jenny Lyn Bader
A LAUGH-OUT-LOUD COMEDY OF MANNERS. . . . The author has a remarkable, uncanny range, orchestrating the work from a vast array of viewpoints—at one point, he even lets us in on what it's like to be dead. Best of all, he mines the comic gold of the dysfunctional American family. This novel is A GREAT READ, full of deadpan wisdom, madcap plot twists, and basic human truths. It locates the little internal contradictions that make people so exasperating and tackles the big questions head-on.
Co-author of He Meant, She Meant: The Definitive Male-Female Dictionary; Playwright, None of the Above
Marion Abbott Bundy
Kevin Scott joins distinguished company-James and Wharton, Auchincloss and Hijuelos-in his keen ability to chronicle life and manners in New York City. This Brownstone differs only in that it has possibly more closets, and their doors are thrown wide open. These 'boys,' whose lives overlap and intersect here, form a family as comforting and dysfunctional as any in literature or real life.
Co-author of Talking Pictures
Patrizia Chen
The snowstorm that traps The Boys in the Brownstone unleashes a whirl of love stories. I just couldn't put this book down.
— Author of Rosemary and Bitter Oranges
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560232957
  • Publisher: Haworth Press, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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What a smile. He had little square white teeth, slitty eyes, and fuzzy hair like a koala bear. In his navy blazer and navy tie with little grey anchors on it, he looked like a big soft toy from FAO Schwartz.

His apartment was miniscule and charming, full of art books (Klimt,O’Keefe) and theater posters (Angels in America, Into the Woods) and the phonograph albums of guys who had died of AIDS, which he found in Chelsea thrift shops. He opened a shoebox and showed me pictures of his parents pushing a lawnmower, his brother sailing in Chesapeake Bay.

"Are you in touch with your family?"
"Not if I can help it."

We had that in common. He had more to confess about his drinking and
drugging: he had once come out of a blackout on the checkout line at
Gristede’s, eating a frozen pork chop. The morning after watching a PBS
broadcast of The Judy Garland Christmas Special, he had awakened to learn
from his answering machine that he had pledged-in another blackout-to give
the station $30,000.

"You must really love Judy," I said.
"Not that much."
"They didn’t make you pay?"
"How could they?" he said. "I didn’t have a dime."

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Table of Contents

The Quarry
The Assistant Pastor
The Curator
The Wedding Party
Farewell, My Lover
Last Call
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