The siege of Troy has dragged on for ten years, with no end in sight, when an oracle supplies the Greeks with the recipe for victory. All they need is Pyrrhus, son of the fallen Achilles. But Pyrrhus has been putting his godlike form to profitable use as a go-go dancer in the big city. Why should he leave the party, give up his hard-bought freedom, just because some voice in a jar says he must strap on a suit of hand-me-down armor? Still, he has always known destiny had plans for him, some more glittering future than life as a used-up hustler on a park bench somewhere. So he sails for Troy, hoping to transform himself into the bronzed immortal history requires. Instead, on an unscheduled detour, he stumbles through his first lessons on how to be a man.
Magically blending ancient headlines and modern myth, Merlis creates a fabulous new world where legendary heroes declare their endowments in the personal ads and any panhandler just might be a divinity in disguise. Comical, moving, startling in its audacity and range, An Arrow's Flight is a profound meditation on gay identity, straight power, and human liberation.
-- Lambda Literary Award, Gay Men's Fiction, 1998
A boldly conceived narrative of uncommon artistry...Merlis's insight into human nature and his ability to find and articulate grace in the ordinary process of human exchange is remarkable. Among the many books written about AIDS and the gay experience, Merlis's novel is a stunning standout. - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Equal parts Iliad and City of Night...Merlis transforms the gimmick into a miraculously wacky, droll, and sometimes tragic story. - Village Voice
Top-of-the-line gay fiction, compulsively readable and very, very sexy. - The Advocate
Dazzles with its originality, its willingness to take astonishing risks, its triumphant conjuration of a world at once sternly archaic and bracingly contemporary...This is a beautiful, haunting work by one of America's finest novelists. - Paul Russell
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About the Author
Mark Merlis is the author of An Arrow's Flight, winner of the Lambda Literary Award. He is also the author of Man About Town.
What People are Saying About This
"Mark Merlis is an ingenious, almost terrifyingly intelligent writer and a storyteller in the grandest sense. An Arrow's Flight remains loyal to the epic form while injecting it with all the right contemporary poisons: cultural and political scandal; a hilarious, brittle wit; loads and loads of sex. A dazzlingly, astoundingly great novel." -- Author of Mysterious Skin and In Awe
"Much as I lvoed American Studies, nothing could have prepared me for Mark Merlis's new novel. Using high comedy, low comedy, and sharp, snapping prose, he creates a rich new anti-world out of Greek myth and seventies gay life. It begins as a brilliant game -- smart, smart-ass, sexy, and funny -- but becomes very moving, deep, and wise. The book is a cockeyed masterpiece." -- Author of Gossip
"An Arrow's Flight dazzles with its originality, its willingness to take astonishing risks, its triumphant conjuration of a world at once sternly archaic and bracingly contemporary. This is a beautiful, haunting work by one of America's finest novelists." -- Author of Boys of Live and Sea of Tranquility