Looking For It

Looking For It

by Michael Thomas Ford

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Mike Monaghan is the bartender at the Engine Room, a meeting place for the small but thriving community of gay men in Cold Falls, New York. As Mike pours beer, wipes glasses and hears everything, he's also witness to the men who come here looking for what they need--sex, direction, friendship, spiritual fulfillment, and love. People like:

Stephen Darby--As an accountant, he knows many secrets. But Stephen has his own secret, one he's never been able to share with anyone close to him. Being the perfect son costs him dearly, and now it may take from him the one man he longs for.

Pete Thayer--Playing it straight, Pete takes out his frustrations on transmissions and engines during the day, then spends his nights trying to quench his needs through anonymous sex. But once the thrill of the forbidden begins to fade, what will he be left with?

John and Russell--The golden couple in town has the ideal relationship everyone wants. But behind the scenes, their storybook marriage is on the verge of facing some explosive trials that will shake both men completely.

Father Thomas Dunn--More and more the gentle priest is feeling a need to express the secret desires that conflict with his devotion to the church, sending his faith into a tailspin and making him question what he really wants from life.

Simon Bird--He's a fixture in town, an old queen everyone finds amusing and entertaining. Still mourning the loss of his longtime lover, Simon yearns to find love and a place in a culture that worships youth and beauty.

As Mike hands these men their drinks, he marvels at their determination, strength and foolishness. But most of all, he begins to question his own dissatisfaction, pondering what's missing from his own life, and what risks he may have to take to find fulfillment. Looking For It is an extraordinarily human tale of community, friendship, and the search for happiness. With unflinching honesty, keen insight, and his trademark humor, Michael Thomas Ford weaves together the unforgettable stories of these seven men, chronicling their dreams, hurts, heartbreaks, joys, and hopes, while taking readers on an emotional journey to find what it is we're all looking for.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758290748
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 12/01/2005
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 797,487
File size: 869 KB

About the Author

Michael Thomas Ford is the author of numerous books, most notably the “Trials from My Queer Life” series of essay collections—Alec Baldwin Doesn’t Love Me, That’s Mr. Faggot to You, It’s Not Mean If It’s True, The Little Book of Neuroses, and My Big Fat Queer Life. He lives in San Francisco with his partner and a very large black Lab.

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Looking for It 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was well written, and a little dark in a few places, but like another book I recently read called 'from the depths of hell' it shows that sometimes you have to pass through the dark places in life. It's how you face these dark times, that helps shape the character in people.
silversurfer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story about the trials and tribulations of friends in a small upstate town. A litle darker then his other books, but filled with believable characters that you really care about. A real page turner.
Bembo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Simon is an aging and lonely queen still trying to get over the death of his lifetime partner. Stephen is a young accountant, secretly gay, that is except to two of his clients, John and Russell. John and Russell themselves appear to have the perfect relationship; but appearances can be deceiving. Greg is looking for the right partner, but without success. Mike, barman in a local gay bar where the various characters gather, happily listens to his regulars¿ woes while ignoring his own; and Thomas, the new priest is in denial about his true self. Loosely and not altogether advantageously connected to this group of friends is Pete, who enjoys the benefits of another man¿s attentions while denying that he himself is gay. Looking For It follows the interactions between this group of gay men who help and support one another as they discover what they really want. Well written, this is an endearing, interesting and most enjoyable tale; the interaction between this group of diverse and very likeable men is warm and loving, they genuinely care for each other. It balances this with touches of humour, and the occasional explicit scene. While it covers a period of just a few months, the effects of what happens in that time one feels sure will be long lasting and beneficial for almost all involved, providing a positive conclusion to the book. The most attractive book cover illustration is an added bonus.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Not as good as Last Summer. Found parts of the book too dark but it was still good.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Although I read the entire book, I found it more depressing than enjoyable. I enjoy gay and lesbian fiction, but there was so much unnecessary sex in this book that it took away from the actual story line.

The scenes with Pete Thayer, a blatant homophobe who harbors homosexual tendencies, were especially explicit and, in some cases, disgusting, and I felt they did nothing to explain his beliefs and his character.

There are lots of good fiction books out there dealing with gay men, but LOOKING FOR IT isn't one of them.