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Does Freddy Dance
     

Does Freddy Dance

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by Dick Scanlan
 

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Taken together and spanning more than 30 years, this collection of crucial stories from Freddy's life resonates with the hopes and losses of gay life today. "A perfect gay novel, a canny combination of humor and passion that gives the genre a much-needed boost."--The Advocate.

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Taken together and spanning more than 30 years, this collection of crucial stories from Freddy's life resonates with the hopes and losses of gay life today. "A perfect gay novel, a canny combination of humor and passion that gives the genre a much-needed boost."--The Advocate.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
New York journalist, short-story writer and actor Scanlan makes an auspicious debut with these 14 connected stories, which deftly blend humor, tenderness and tragedy to form an incisive portrait of a gay male. Freddy, the youngest of five kids, exhibits clear sexual signals early on: in ``Family Portrait'' (set in 1965), the six-year-old has already amassed more than 20 Broadway and movie albums (favoring Julie Andrews) and chooses an outfit for his doll as he and his mother fly to visit the grandparents. (In one of Scanlan's subtle references, readers realize that Granddaddy apparently molested Freddy's mother when she was a girl.) At 11, Freddy learns about smoking (``Cigarettes'') from the knowledgeable teenaged boy next door, who rouses the youngster's sexual longings. Eventually, Freddy pursues his dream-he leaves the family home in Washington, D.C., and (rather too easily) becomes a TV actor in New York. Now 30-ish, Freddy branches out to Broadway; a boyfriend dies of AIDS; a new relationship is tentatively begun (at which point the prospective partner poses the eponymous query). Scanlan sensitively explores themes of parental anxieties (father is a stolid lawyer, mother a lush whose benders cause her to become literally lost), sibling relations and interpersonal dependence. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555833862
Publisher:
Alyson Publications
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.39(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.55(d)

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Does Freddy Dance 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
Does Freddy Dance? by Dirk Scanlan<br/><br/>A group of short stories that deal with common gay life in 1995. in "Family Album," a six year old Freddy reveals the source of his mother hidden despair; twenty years later she reaches through her alcoholism to confort her son against the fear of HIV/AIDS.<br/><br/>In "Cigarettes," Freddy does some dirty dancing, stealing cigarettes for the bad boy next door in exchange for lessons in lust. <br/><br/>In "Tears for Two," Freddy is grown up and his father is old, revealing a tender heart beneath his father lawyerly shell. <br/><br/>And in "Red Light" and "Life Line," Freddy takes his chances with dangerous women in order to feel like a man. <br/><br/>These are stories about family, jobs, friends, and lovers from a one gay man's photo album...