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Stephen McCauley In the world of John Rowell's wonderful stories, movie soundtracks and Lawrence Welk's "champagne music" play in counterpoint of some of life's more difficult passages. Rowell's compassion, humor, and love of telling stories never falter, whether he's writing about schoolyard bullies, a very gay weekend in the country, or Lucille Ball.
Mark Childress John Rowell's debut in the world of fiction is completely remarkable. While the first thing you notice about these stories is their highly polished comic tone, it's the undertow of sweet sadness that lingers after you've read them.
Susan Cheever These are wonderful stories — they go right to the heart of things. Vivid in detail, and rich with feeling, each story encompasses a whole world, complete with imperfections. A remarkable and impressive debut.
Lee Smith John Rowell wears his heart on his immaculate sleeve in this impressive collection. Stylish, smart, and frequently hilarious, these stories are deeply touching as well. I can't imagine a more auspicious debut.
|The Music of Your Life||1|
|The Mother-of-the-Groom and I||40|
|Who Loves You?||62|
|Spectators in Love||122|
|Wildlife of Coastal Carolina||211|
Posted September 25, 2004
This is one of my favorite books. These stories represent different times throughout the lives of gay men. From the childhood realization that we are different, through later years when we realize we aren't what we once were...these stories show a warmth of humanity and subtlety for the lives of it's characters. Don't miss out..buy this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 11, 2003
This is a fine book of short stories that made me laugh and cry. While it certainly reflects a gay sensibility, it is universal in its depiction of disappointment, loneliness, yearning and love. As such, it demands a wide audience. Its characters are memorable and reminded me of many people I know- including most surprisingly - me!!!!!! I really hope that Mr. Rowell continues writing. I would love to see what he does with an extended work. Read and enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 25, 2010
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