Jack Holmes and His Friend: A Novel

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A beautiful novel about an unconventional relationship, Jack Holmes and His Friend charts the friendship of Jack Holmes and Will Wright from their arrival in New York on the eve of the wild 60s, over two decades through the first stirrings of gay liberation and the catastrophe of AIDS. Jack is gay, Will is straight, and Jack will always be devoted to Will, but he will also introduce him to women and help him explore a more free heterosexuality. Edmund White explores identity, sexuality, society, and the sweep of ...

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Overview

A beautiful novel about an unconventional relationship, Jack Holmes and His Friend charts the friendship of Jack Holmes and Will Wright from their arrival in New York on the eve of the wild 60s, over two decades through the first stirrings of gay liberation and the catastrophe of AIDS. Jack is gay, Will is straight, and Jack will always be devoted to Will, but he will also introduce him to women and help him explore a more free heterosexuality. Edmund White explores identity, sexuality, society, and the sweep of history in this sensitive story of a complicated intimacy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608197255
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 2/19/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 543,831
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Edmund White is the author of many novels, including A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, The Farewell Symphony, and, most recently, Hotel de Dream. His nonfiction includes City Boy and other memoirs; The Flaneur, about Paris; and literary biographies and essays. White lives in New York and teaches at Princeton University.

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  • Posted February 10, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Top notch White

    As enjoyable as anything he has written. Highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2012

    Amazing observations and characters

    I think every time I read something by Edmund White I start off thinking this is going to be a bit dry, but I'm glad I keep going back. I often find his characters' thoughts to be some of the most soul-baring and resonant I've ever encountered. Jack Holmes' unrequited emotions for his best friend over a period of years might be a kind of suffering that's a lot less likely now that it's much more acceptable to have a same-sex partner, but I think probably most people have experienced the hopelessness of loving or wanting someone inaccessible, and this book explores that territory beautifully.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    See 1-29-12 NYT Book Review

    Explores male bisexuality in a sweeping, multi-decade novel set in New York City.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

    don't know

    I don't understand why you are sending me books I did not order.

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Don't waste your money

    I did not find this book interesting or entertaining. I wish I had not bought it.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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