Jack Holmes and His Friend: A Novel

Jack Holmes and His Friend: A Novel

by Edmund White


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A beautiful novel about an unconventional relationship, Jack Holmes and His Friend charts the friendship of Jack Holmes and Will Wright from their arrival in New York on the eve of the wild 60s, over two decades through the first stirrings of gay liberation and the catastrophe of AIDS. Jack is gay, Will is straight, and Jack will always be devoted to Will, but he will also introduce him to women and help him explore a more free heterosexuality. Edmund White explores identity, sexuality, society, and the sweep of history in this sensitive story of a complicated intimacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608197255
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 02/19/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.78(w) x 8.06(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

Edmund White is the author of many novels, including A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, The Farewell Symphony, and, most recently, Hotel de Dream. His nonfiction includes City Boy and other memoirs; The Flaneur, about Paris; and literary biographies and essays. White lives in New York and teaches at Princeton University.

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Jack Holmes and His Friend 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Ken-in-Arlington More than 1 year ago
As enjoyable as anything he has written. Highly recommended.
Darshan1 More than 1 year ago
I think every time I read something by Edmund White I start off thinking this is going to be a bit dry, but I'm glad I keep going back. I often find his characters' thoughts to be some of the most soul-baring and resonant I've ever encountered. Jack Holmes' unrequited emotions for his best friend over a period of years might be a kind of suffering that's a lot less likely now that it's much more acceptable to have a same-sex partner, but I think probably most people have experienced the hopelessness of loving or wanting someone inaccessible, and this book explores that territory beautifully.
SigmundFraud on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pitch perfect. I prefer Jack's story to Will's which isn't as well told. White feels more at home with Jack than with Will.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Explores male bisexuality in a sweeping, multi-decade novel set in New York City.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not find this book interesting or entertaining. I wish I had not bought it.
kenCT More than 1 year ago
I don't understand why you are sending me books I did not order.