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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
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.