Jack Holmes and His Friend

Jack Holmes and His Friend

by Edmund White
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Jack Holmes and His Friend by Edmund White

Jack Holmes and Will Wright arrive in New York in the calm before the storm of the 1960s. Coworkers at a cultural journal, they soon become good friends. Jack even introduces Will to the woman he will marry. But their friendship is complicated: Jack is also in love with Will. Troubled by his subversive longings, Jack sees a psychiatrist and dates a few women, while also pursuing short-lived liaisons with other men. But in the two decades of their friendship, from the first stirrings of gay liberation through the catastrophe of AIDS, Jack remains devoted to Will. And as Will embraces his heterosexual sensuality, nearly destroying his marriage, the two men share a newfound libertinism in a city that is itself embracing its freedom.

Moving among beautifully delineated characters in a variety of social milieus, Edmund White brings narrative daring and an exquisite sense of life's submerged drama to this masterful exploration of friendship, sexuality, and sensibility during a watershed moment in history.

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ISBN-13: 9781408815175
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Publication date: 01/28/2012

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 Flâneur, about Paris; and literary biographies and essays. White lives in New York and teaches at Princeton.

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Jack Holmes and His Friend 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 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.
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.