Outline of My Lover: A Novel

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Part love story, part indictment, debut novel Outline of My Lover traces our society's damaging obsession with celebrity. In the sleepy town of Athens, Georgia, a young man goes off to a college miseducation and is drawn into a world of rich vicarious living. The unspoken relationship between this adolescent and his luminous rock star boyfriend fast becomes the marking tale of world tours and plush continental hotel rooms. However, the relationship falters under celebrity's harsh, shape-shifting light. Real life ...
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Overview

Part love story, part indictment, debut novel Outline of My Lover traces our society's damaging obsession with celebrity. In the sleepy town of Athens, Georgia, a young man goes off to a college miseducation and is drawn into a world of rich vicarious living. The unspoken relationship between this adolescent and his luminous rock star boyfriend fast becomes the marking tale of world tours and plush continental hotel rooms. However, the relationship falters under celebrity's harsh, shape-shifting light. Real life fills in the outline of the boy's expectations.

About The Author:
Douglas A. Martin is the author of two collections of poetry, and co-author of the haiku year (Soft Skull, April '98). His work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Best Gay Erotica 2000.
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Editorial Reviews

Gay & Lesbian Times
...as soft as a 19-year-old boy's skin and is no way exploitational, though it has every right to be....There is so much going on behind what is said.
Insinct magazine
...explores the ways people will behave to get the things and people they want, why they discard it once they have it....A fine debut.
New York Blade
Martin is adept at mixing genres, and [this book] sets the tension between fiction and poetry while not getting caught in a debate about form.
OC Weekly
...able to capture the paranoia and insecurity of childhood and growing up gay and project it believably into an adult character.
Rain Taxi
...Martin has produced a thoughtful book that contemplates passion, celebrity, authority, and identity and successfully emerges as both an original and enjoyable work.
SF Gate
A serious poet and writer, Martin definitely takes the road less traveled and doesn't churn out a sensationalistic celebrity tell-all.
Star Tribune
...billed as a novel but speaks with the captivating sincerity of fact.
Stranger
...beautiful gems of cerebral longing, and Martin's disregard for commas makes the language flow in a charged stumble.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781887128476
  • Publisher: Counterpoint LLC
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 165
  • Product dimensions: 4.96 (w) x 6.43 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2005

    Outline of My Lover: A Novel

    The narrator of this book tries to do at least two things. I believe he tries to unsentimentally portray his emotions. He also tries to find the possible nuances of those emotions, thus honoring all the shadiness of love, by playing around with how straight-forwardly he might narrate them. We watch him shakily try to make his fling with the rock star he was convinced he was going to go off to college and marry look like the life story he watches his sister grow up to eventually create for herself, marrying, settling down. Increasingly the book begins to accept the fate of the ending of his relationshp and his 'big' story. I've found it affecting in different ways each time I return to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2005

    Outline of My Lover: A Novel

    This novel takes as one of its premises that one might go off to college for more than one reason. Witness our protagonist: here it is the possibilty of love and a perhaps naive belief that one's life might turn out not so according to course if one just sets one's goals a little higher. If one were to try to alter the emotional syntax a bit, so to speak enough already of subject plus a verb that is plainly to be one thing and nothing more than one thing only. Things can be seemingly transparent and still veiled. The author is a boy who when playing superheroes believed someone had to be a girl. Then later in life he meets people who can't believe you could actually come from a family where your mother could not afford to buy you Star Wars action figures to play with--and he still made it to college. What happens when books are your only transistional objects? (He did have a Yoda puppet his ((fairy)) godmother gave him for one X-mas.) I know this is not a predictable review, but I believe part of the point of this book is one tries at some point to begin speaking up for oneself. We are only as famous as we continue to have other people care for us. And then there's the library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2003

    Thinly veiled and awkward

    This fictional account of a young college student's love affair with an older rock star is written in a style that would mostly excite College Lit. Professors. The author writes in a carefully constructed stream of consciousness that is reminiscent of Yoda, 'Like him I do.' The rock star character is so thinly veiled he is naked and obviously based upon Athen, GA's most famous son. It is short and predictable throughout.

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