How's Your Romance?: Concluding the Buddies Cycle

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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 reflected, defined, and explicated modern gay life to tens of thousands of readers and devoted fans. Now, once again, Mordden returns to his best-loved characters in this new volume in the cycle. With 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 - along with such new friends as a circle of
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Overview

"For a generation, Ethan Mordden's tales about a tightly knit circle of friends who live within the shifting confines of gay Manhattan have reflected, defined, and explicated modern gay life to tens of thousands of readers and devoted fans. Now, once again, Mordden returns to his best-loved characters in this new volume in the cycle. With 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 - along with such new friends as a circle of ruthlessly enchanting Chelsea Boys and a pair of bisexual rufftuffs - Mordden explores the ever evolving landscape of gay Manhattan." 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 Ethan Mordden at his very best.
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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.
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312333317
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/17/2006
  • Series: Buddies Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,347,243
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Ethan Mordden's writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Baum Bugle, and the late and unlamented Christopher Street. He has recently completed a six-volume history of the American musical, from the 1920s through the 1970s, capping this with The Happiest Corpse I've Ever Seen: The Last 25 Years of the Broadway Musical. He lives in Manhattan.

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