How's Your Romance?: Concluding the Buddies Cycle
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How's Your Romance?: Concluding the Buddies Cycle

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by Ethan Mordden
     
 

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For a generation, Ethan Mordden's tales about a tightly knit circle of friends who live within the shifting confines of gay Manhattan have entertained tens of thousands of readers and devoted fans. Now Mordden returns to his best-loved characters - the ultimate hunk Carlo; the best friend Dennis Savage; J. (who was once Little Kiwi); Cosgrove the maturing elf-child

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For a generation, Ethan Mordden's tales about a tightly knit circle of friends who live within the shifting confines of gay Manhattan have entertained tens of thousands of readers and devoted fans. Now Mordden returns to his best-loved characters - the ultimate hunk Carlo; the best friend Dennis Savage; J. (who was once Little Kiwi); Cosgrove the maturing elf-child; and narrator and ultimate observer Bud - in this eagerly awaited new volume in the cycle.
How's Your Romance? brings the series and the characters full circle – from the early days just post-Stonewall to the vicissitudes, delights, and challenges of the early twenty-first century. Blending the comic, the sexy, the tragic, and the at once realistic and idealistic, these stories are Mordden at his very best.

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“Trust, the emotional ties that bind, the fragile state of mind when a family member betrays a friendship and then wants back in, and the room given or not given to grow--these are some of the issues Mordden explores so successfully. Mordden is highly skilled at creating memorable characters, and ardent admirers of his work will see no reason to change their mind here.” —Library Journal on Some Men Are Lookers

“Sexy..charming...wonderfully apt and touching.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on Some Men Are Lookers

“Mordden is one of our community's major contemporary writers...[his] stories have the speed, unexpectedness and lunacy essential to comedy, but they are also studded with his keen sensitivity and appetite for observation..an unusually rich and provocative re-creation of our lives.” —HX Magazine

Library Journal
This fifth and concluding volume of Mordden's "Buddies" series (once a trilogy, it seems to have evolved into a "cycle") offers more loosely interwoven stories about a group of gay male friends living in New York City. These core characters were all featured in the earlier volumes, which have been published over a period of 20 years; here, they continue with their lives, but there's no real plot moving them forward. Readers familiar with the earlier "Buddies" books will undoubtedly be interested in this installment. However, while the story line is likely to resonate with urban gay men, it may be confusing to most other readers, as Mordden frequently makes esoteric references that only insiders to the subculture would understand. Moreover, the dialog sounds stilted at times, as though English weren't the characters' first language. Mordden is well known for a large body of nonfiction work on theater and opera, and many of the book's redeeming moments come when he tosses in a choice theater tidbit. Recommended for larger public libraries.-Caroline Mann, Univ. of Portland Lib., OR Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312333317
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
10/17/2006
Series:
Buddies Series , #5
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

Meet the Author

Ethan Mordden is the author of dozens of books, both fiction and non-fiction. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker and many other magazines and journals. He lives in Manhattan.

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