Blue Heaven

Blue Heaven

by Joe Keenan

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ISBN-13: 9780099435044
Publisher: Gardners Books
Publication date: 02/08/2002
Edition description: NEW

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Blue Heaven 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
marguerlucy on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Absolute friggin' hilarity from start to finish.
rocketjk on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a very enjoyable romp about two gay men and one straight woman who get together to set up a "marriage of convenience" simply to score a payday on the gifts. Hilarity, as they say, ensues, with all sorts of double-crosses, misadventures and pratfalls. Keenan was instrumental (producer, I think) in the Frazier TV series. That will give you an idea of the type of humor found here. As I said, lots of fun!
bragan on LibraryThing 5 months ago
When Philip's friend Gilbert announces that he's getting married, he finds himself surprised by the news, since the groom is extremely gay and the bride is extremely... difficult. Life begins to make a little more sense when the happy couple confesses that it's all a scam to secure gifts from their rich relatives -- something that is apparently much more in character -- and Philip soon finds himself becoming an accomplice in the ever-more-complicated scheme. Needless to say, hilarity and hijinks ensue. And "hilarity" is really not too strong a word. Both the back cover blurb and the person who recommended this book to me made comparisons to P.G. Wodehouse. I figured this must be an exaggeration, because, come, on, who can possibly compare to Wodehouse? But having read it now, I have to say it's a fair comparison. Gay 1980s New York may be a far cry from the world of Jeeves & Wooster, but the madcap plot is very, well, Wodehousian. So is the wonderfully witty writing, which sometimes had me laughing out loud multiple times per page. Basically, it's damned funny stuff. I must check out more of Keenan's work.
phoebesmum on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Unpleasant people (some gay) have sex and try to cheat one another. To Oxfam it goes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blue Heaven is the funniest book I've ever read. It is laugh-out-loud funny...seriously. Indeed, I read it again every few years just for the laughs. If you started reading on page on 200, you'd find the premise totally unbelievable. But when you start at the beginning, as you should, the inanity is built up page by page such that by the time you get to page 200 it all makes sense. This is simply a wonderful read.
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carlosmock More than 1 year ago
Set in the late eighties in New York City, Blue Heaven is the hilarious tale of a most unlikely couple and their plan to earn a fortune on the way to the altar. Gilbert Selwyn, a young gay man filled with charm but allergic to employment wants to wring a nice pile of cash from his mother's newest (and very wealthy) husband. Simply put, he will marry for the gifts. Being gay, he is in need of a fiancée--Enter Moira Finch, a diabolically conniving young woman whose own mother is as fictitious as the plan that is being set in motion. Enter Philip Cavanaugh, Gilbert's longtime friend, former lover, and partner in crime (after being bribed with a fee of $5000). Philip drags her friend and collaborator, Claire--the only character with a sound mind, to help them pull the sting. And finally, enter the Cellini's, Gilbert's huge step family, whose fortune comes from all kinds of illicit activities--murder, drugs, and gambling. As Gilbert, Moira, Phillip, and Claire struggle to keep the plot under control, the scams get bigger and more dangerous. Deceits multiply, and a wonderful calamitous trail leads to the wedding of the season. The book is extremely dated, since the advent of same sex marriage, these schemes are becoming more an insult to the GLBT community than comedy. But for 1988, it was an acceptable sarcastic novel. Other than being so dated it is a very light read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely incredible, I was in pain from all the laughter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An absolute comedy of errors. A fast moving three ringed circus. Just when you thinhk you have it figured out, think again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author of 'Blue Heaven' has held several key positions on the TV show 'Frazier,' so it makes good sense that this clever-tongued, fast-paced, witty, door-slamming, plot-shifting, alliance-forming comic novel came from his pen. Take your usual crew of average New Yorkers (I'm kidding)--an excessively materialistic gay guy and his long-suffering best friend, mix in fashion-istas, mafiosi, and a scam that is a bad idea under the best of circumstances, and you have a perfect pressure cooker for this wonderful mechanism of mayhem. I hope to say that years from now people will ask 'What was New York like late in the 20th Century?' and they'll be answered 'Read Blue Heaven. It's a little exaggerated but it's all there.'