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Object of Desire
     

Object of Desire

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by William J. Mann
 

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ISBN-10: 0758213778

ISBN-13: 2900758213777

Pub. Date: 07/01/2009

Publisher: Kensington

"It's always been golden for you, Danny. You've always been the golden boy."

Danny Fortunato seemed to have it all. He was cute, funny, sexy, smart—the hottest go-go boy in West Hollywood. When he danced on stage, all eyes were upon him and all men desired him. But something always kept Danny from ever really believing he was the golden boy that others said

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"It's always been golden for you, Danny. You've always been the golden boy."

Danny Fortunato seemed to have it all. He was cute, funny, sexy, smart—the hottest go-go boy in West Hollywood. When he danced on stage, all eyes were upon him and all men desired him. But something always kept Danny from ever really believing he was the golden boy that others said he was. . .

Twenty years later, living in Palm Springs, Danny is celebrating his 41st birthday—although "celebrating" might not be the right word for how he feels about his life today. To the outside world, he's still golden: he still has his looks, and he still loves Frank, his boyfriend of nearly two decades. But something is missing in his life. Passion. Romance. Adventure. The same something that's been missing ever since that day when he turned fourteen, when his sister Becky disappeared and his whole world flipped upside-down. . .

Filled with unforgettable warmth, incorrigible humor, and irresistible charm, Object of Desire takes readers through three milestone eras in one man's life—his youth in the 1970s, his days of abandon in the 1980s, and his more sober, reflective existence today—and reaffirms William J. Mann's reputation as one of gay fiction's major narrative powers.

"Mann's vivid style is a treat."
Publishers Weekly

"Mann's writing is smart, aware and cognizant enough to take a well-practiced theme and give it a shot in the arm." —Instinct

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ISBN-13:
2900758213777
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Pages:
416

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Object of Desire 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun, teary, too long and too short. Commanding insights about the work of love in our lives.
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MichaelTravisJasper More than 1 year ago
On the surface, this story could seem predictable and stereotypical, bit it's not. It has those fun and quirky elements of modern gay life, but it also touches on many deep issues. The ways that trajedy affects people and how hope and dreams influence all our lives regardless of orientation. This book has comical and sexy moments, but makes you think. Makes you question how much of your identity is shaped by the actions of those around you, and reminds us that the past can be an anchor that drags us down if we allow it to, or it can be the tether that ties us to that innocent child within. Michael Travis Jasper, author of the novel, "To Be Chosen"
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KenCady More than 1 year ago
I always start a Mann novel with low expectations as I know there will be some over the top writing, sappy stories, and the requisite beautiful boy being lusted after by older men. In general I liked it. The writing is at its best when it leaves Palm Springs and goes to the main characters boyhood, where his sister had gone missing and his mother was going crazy. It's a devastating portrayal. West Hollywood also figures in, as this is where Danny, the aforementioned main character, does his stripping at a popular bar where the owner supplies the coke and Danny gets fellated in the back room by the horny old men for whom a flash of flesh is not enough. Palm Springs is where most of the action takes place, and it fares fairly well, especially the mountains, but Mann gets in some smarmy remarks. Even though older men were often in the company of their boy toys, it's clear that Mann has some disdain for them. Here are a few of his choice quotes: "You forget that in Palm Springs , even turning forty one still qualifies one as chicken...The place was filled with fifty-to seventy-somethings. Distinguished-looking men mostly, men who had once been handsome, men who even now retained some awareness of how they should look, even if they were held together by buttons and cinched belts and oversize Tommy Bahama floral-print shirts.A noticeable few displayed the plumped lips and shiny foreheads of cosmetic surgery. But the ones who stood out the most were the heirs of Liberace, scattered throughout the crowd, wearing red velvet blazers and too much sweet cologne." Of the Danny's fifty-five year old lover, who always falls asleep too early to have sex: "Once Frank had been a few inches taller than I, but no longer. Somewhere over the last two decades, he had settled, like the frame of a house. His joints had retracted; his bones had curled inward ever so slightly. I studied him now at close range, observing the dark circles under his eyes, the mosaic of brown spots etched across his high, shiny forehead." "Edgar, (the owner of the strip club) was an old guy. Forty, I think. Maybe forty-one. He was balding, with a puckered face and nostrils that were permanently red and distended from too much blow. Rumor had it that he had AIDS, too. I wouldn't let him near me." On first seeing Frank: "He might be thirty, but he was still adorable." "Palm Springs, for all its charms, was the proverbial little pond with lots of big fish. The elite was made up of people who spent their time raising money for charities and then giving themselves awards for doing so...all the self congratulating became a little weary." "Some called the bars on one side of Arenas Road the Lairs of the Living Dead. In those places, men in their fifties were considered fresh meat." Mann saves his harshest comments for the "Gods of Palm Springs." These guys are "huge, and hulking. Massive shoulders, ropes for veins, big, hard protruding bellies...Gays on Disability and Steroids."... "The hulking look has been fetishized...the big veins and protruding gut are considered erotic." So, take a look at the book. You might like it. I did to a point, realizing that it won't be featured on the Sunday Book Review cover.