Doo-Lang Love

Doo-Lang Love

by Chad Sosna


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ISBN-13: 9780595398690
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/31/2006
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

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Doo-Lang Love 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
patnelsonchilds on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Hold on for a Great Ride!Right off the bat, I have to apologize to the author. When I read the premise for this book, I really didn't expect much from it. I figured it for yet another self-indulgent gay potboiler long on gratuitous sex and short on substance. It gives me great pleasure to admit how totally wrong I was. Chad Sosna's novel, Doo-Lang Love, is not only a fast and fun read, but also packs plenty of emotional punch. Yes, it has sex, some of it explicit, but none of it gratuitous. Everything in Sosna's book, even the sex, works to move the story forward - and a great story it is. The novel's protagonist, Rex, is a young gay man who moves to Chicago with no money and no plans. He tries hustling at first, but soon stumbles onto a job at a vintage record store, where his life is immediately complicated by an array of eclectic characters. There's Rodney, the reluctant bisexual, David, the music mogul and a drag queen girl group called the Girlettes, who dream of making it big one day. All Rex wants is a good man and a steady paycheck, but life, as it turns out, has much more in store for him. All of the characters in Doo-Lang Love are portrayed with complexity and depth, and the story pulls you in and keeps you there with a sense of realism that almost makes you feel like you're standing there watching it happen. The only line in the entire book that I didn't like was the very last sentence. I'm not going to spoil things by quoting it, but it made me groan, and not in a good way. That aside, though, Sosna's debut novel is a total charmer. I was genuinely sorry when I reached the end and had to say goodbye to Rex and to the rest of these amazing characters, who all felt by then like old friends.
Bembo on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Rex at the age of twenty three runs away from his going nowhere life in St Louis (the wrong side of town) and hitch-hikes to Chicago. Above all he desperately wants to find another preferably older guy to love. With no money he hustles on the streets for a couple of days but then strikes lucky when a Wayne, a sympathetic record store owner offers him a part time job. From there things start picking up for Rex; he gets more involved in the record store which specialises in 60s girl groups and Wayne's drag act the Girlettes, he thinks he is in love with Rodney the straight guy who also works at the record store, and he falls in love with David a very wealthy record producer from LA. Now he is torn between the security of life with David in LA and all that is happening in Chicago including the uncertainty of any chance with the tantalising Rodney.This is a charming feel good story with likeable characters; funny with the goings on of the three-man drag act the Girlettes; touching as we follow Rex's growing dilemma. The story moves quickly towards a positive outcome.
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Rex is a 23 year old gay man who left his 'white trash' roots in East St. Louis to make a better life for himself in Chicago. Unfortunately, planning ahead wasn't his strong suit, and he had to hustle to financially survive the first couple of days after arrival, until he talked himself into a job at 'Wayne's Wax and Hi-Fi Trax', a store that specialized in music on vinyl, especially the 'girl groups' of the 1960's, music that Rex always liked. The middle-aged, chubby gay owner of the store, Wayne, took a (platonic) liking to the young man, while Rex had an instant attraction to Rodney, his straight-but-not-narrow co-worker at the store. One day, David, a record company exec from Los Angeles comes into the store to shop, and Rex helps him and himself into dating the visitor, and eventually reciprocating the visit by going to L.A. Meanwhile, Wayne and two of his friends are trying to push 'The Girlettes', their drag-queen homage to 60's girl groups, and involve Rex as an advisor and manager. Rex also continues his long distance relationship with David, while secretly lusting after Rodney, with whom he now shares a two bedroom apartment. Despite a somewhat simplistic and predictable storyline, this first-time novelist (who is a staff writer for Men's Workout magazine) provides a very refreshing, sweet, cohesive and enjoyable positive story about a group of people pursuing their dreams and looking for love. He successfully conveys the spirit and reality (warts and all) of the Chicago 'Boystown' area in which it is set, and provides an obviously-researched insight to a unique genre of music that has many fans in the gay male community everywhere, myself included. Much recommended as a light read, for all but especially for fellow fans of early 60's music. I give it four stars out of five.