From the Publisher
“Leavitt catches beautifully the terror and passion of new love.” Dorothy Allison, The Village Voice
“Brilliant, wise . . . It would be hard to overpraise this book; it represents the most assured debut of a novelist in a long time.” Andrew Harvey, Vogue
“A multilayered work of sensibility, delicate on the surface yet packing [a] punch . . . A tour de force.” Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times
This first novel by the author of Family Dancing, a well-received collection of short stories ( LJ 8/84), reflects both the author's youth and his promise. The story focuses on Philip Benjamin, a 25-year-old New Yorker, somewhat naive but definitely gay, who is involved in his first ``serious'' romance. This situation is complicated by the struggle of Philip's father to deal more openly with his own longstanding, but thus far closeted, homosexual inclinations. With Philip's coming out, father is thrown into even greater turmoil, mother begins to realize the complete truth, and all are forced to reexamine the ties that bind them. Leavitt again proves adept at looking into the complexities of familial relationships and generational differences. At times the work seems self-indulgent and just a bit trite but is nonetheless recommended. David W. Henderson, Eckerd Coll. Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.