Outline of My Lover: A Novel

Outline of My Lover: A Novel

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by Douglas A. Martin
     
 

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… See more details below

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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 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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781887128476
Publisher:
Counterpoint LLC
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Pages:
165
Product dimensions:
4.96(w) x 6.43(h) x 0.51(d)

What People are saying about this

Michelle Tea
Douglas Martin takes you through the heat of family, the electricity of want, and the watch-what-you-wish-for gift of an elusive, famous, lover. This novel feeds you.
Dennis Cooper
Douglas Martin has a very beautiful voice. It is a thing of grace.
Dale Peck
There is a reverence in Douglas Martin's writing composed of equal parts language and love. Outline of My Lover strips away the dross, leaving you with the pure mood of youth.
Darcey Steinke
Spare and elegant, Martin's book is a worthy companion piece to Duras' The Lover. It is his elegy on passion and loss." -Darcey Steinke

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