Zero, who left Arkansas for the cool contemporary tones of Toronto gay life, is perplexed by the curveballs of fate. His best friend has been diagnosed with AIDS, and Zero is frantic to organize a circle of support. In the midst of this, Zero is called back to Arkansas for his mother's second marriage and has to confront the zany array of crazed Southerners he calls family.
Funny, bittersweet, outrageous, and moving, Zero's adventures suggest that while God is unfathomable, she must have a deep sense of humor.
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An utterly delightful book. I enjoyed every word of it!
McGehee has the ability, through an ingratiating style and witty observations, to transform Zero's everyday life into something we care about.
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"Boys Like Us" is the first installment of Peter McGeehe's trilogy--with "Sweetheart", and "Labor of Love" being parts two and three respectively. Labor of Love was written by Doug Wilson, Mr. McGehhe's lover due to the demise of the first author. In Boys like us, we meet the main characters that will form part of the trilogy. Randy, who is an actor and has AIDS, his friend Eddie (Zero) McNoo (who narrates the story) who recently had a lover, David, for eight years and now is Dating Clay. The novel is set in Toronto with a brier trip to Little Rock Arkansas since zero attends his mother's wedding to J. B. The trip is interrupted by Randy getting very sick. The novel is set in the eighties where we dealt with the AIDS casualties and horrific treatments. The plot is surrounded by Toronto's gay night life, with Searcy and Jesús Las Vegas as an older (Searcy) and a young and coming (Jesús) drag queens and their struggle to keep their cabaret open-falling pray to development. The first installment ends with Randy meeting Alan and after recovering from his overdose of sleeping pills flying to Vancouver to film his latest movie; Clay and Zero break up their relationship and Zero starts writing again and moves with his old boyfriend, David as a "roomate." It's easy to forget how AIDS was a devastating plague before the developments of the drug "cocktails" that have made the disease a chronic one instead of a lethal one. I recommend this book for those younger than forty who missed the full blown AIDS epidemic. I hope you'll take the time to read the full trilogy. It is part of GLBT history that should not be forgotten.