Book of Lies: A Novel

Book of Lies: A Novel

by Felice Picano

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ISBN-13: 9781555835927
Publisher: Alyson Publications
Publication date: 09/28/2000
Pages: 423
Product dimensions: 5.72(w) x 8.32(h) x 1.01(d)

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Bright, ambitious, and handsome, Ross Ohrenstedt is a high flier in the fashionable field of queer studies, flourishing amid the backstabbing and petty intrigues of academia. He has just taken a prestigious university position in Los Angeles and has been appointed to oversee the collection of papers and works of Damon Von Slyke, prominent man of letters and leading light of the gay literary salon known as the Purple Circle. Sorting through the papers, Ross stumbles across a "lost" work by an unknown author.

His quest to identify the mystery writer and achieve the glory of scholastic tenure unveils the lives and wild times of a group of writers who in the 1970s and 1980s broke new ground in the creation of a gay literary sensibility. As his search uncovers increasingly bizarre and unbalanced facts about the Purple Circle members, Ross finds himself the target of menacing attempts to derail his investigation. But the dark truth contained within The Book of Lies is even more startling. With biting wit and a lush sense of place and character, Felice Picano's daring novel is at once a stylish mystery, a comical roman à clef, and a wicked send-up of the new Ivory Tower.

Table of Contents

Prologue1
Book 1The Von Slyke Papers5
Book 2The Widow Weber75
Book 3The Dodge Brothers Inc.111
Book 4The Leo-McKewens at Tea, Part 1143
Book 5The Short, Happy Posthumous Life of Cameron Powers, III, Esq.173
Book 6The Secret of Rowland Etheridge221
Book 7The Leo-McKewens at Tea, Part 2275
Book 8In the Fibber McGee Room317
Book 9Ravens at Truro349
Book 10From the Paradise Garden387
Epilogue412
Bibliography and Appendices420

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Book of Lies 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished THE BOOK OF LIES, and I've got to say, it is quite possibly the most intelligent novel I have ever read. I was absolutely blown away by this book. It is so unique compared to other works of gay fiction that I have read. The book concerns a young man working on his doctoral thesis about a group of writers known as the Purple Circle. I imagine that Picano's own involvement with the legendary Violet Quill Club provided some inspiration. I do not want to say too much, as this book is an incredible, thought provoking literary mystery, one that can truly only be solved by each reader. The time frame (by what I could figure out in the writing) seems to be 2006 or there abouts, thus providing some distance between the narrator's reality and ours the reader's. Anyway, I highly recommend it. This book clearly proves that Picano's is the preiminate voice in gay literature today!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading Like People in History and loving it I decided to take a shot at this book. Full of minutia and rambling plot devices, it takes some effort to complete. When the payoff does come, (and yes, it has its 'shock' value) you're exhausted by the effort of getting there, and have no patience for the ending. Read something else.