That Place

That Place

by Jay J. Carr


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That Place - its private, its safe, there's no judgment ... or is there?

Barry Cunningham is a reclusive academic whose life is forever changed when he is awarded a prestigious prize.

Tod Hanson is a journalist who prowls the streets of Bangkok for leads. He has to make sure there is a story that sells and will do whatever it takes. What has Tod uncovered?

Filled with love, lust and a bloodthirsty yearning to sell the story . . . a version of a story. There is a world to be unlocked in the gay Soi's of Bangkok. Go-go bars, massage shops and beautiful 'boys'.

"It's not a secret if no one asks..."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781522769859
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/18/2015
Pages: 156
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)

About the Author

Jay Carr is a writer, director and social activist. As a gay writer he is interested in issues of sexuality, the body and performativity of gender. He is a storyteller that travels the world in search of the next inspirational tale. He lives in New York.

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That Place 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
SherriWarner More than 1 year ago
just a heads up…when starting “That Place” make sure you don’t have anywhere you need to be or anything you need to do because you won’t want to stop reading until you’ve finished it all!! Trust me on this! The book starts off with an intriguing beginning where we meet Professor Barry Cunningham and see that he’s just been awarded a prestigious Peace Prize. The story moves from New Jersey to Bangkok where a reporter named Tod Hanson is working on story that may expose the truth about Cunningham and ruin his career and his life. We are then thrust into their lives and experiences first hand and just keeps going from there. The characters really come to life in these pages, and are so well-developed and authentic you feel like you know them personally. I think what I liked the most about this book was just the overall feel the author managed to create where it felt intimate, like a close friend was telling me this really incredible, provocative, jaw-dropping story that I didn’t want to stop listening to. There are some surprising twists and some parts that really catch you off guard – some shocking and some sad… but that just made this book even more amazing and unforgettable. Well worth the time to read it, in my opinion, and I’d love to read more from Jay Carr in the future. This is a standalone book, not part of any series, but I recommend to mature readers of Gay literary drama.
LauraClarke More than 1 year ago
This was an unusual type of book for me, and I wasn’t sure of it would be my thing. But I like reading outside my comfort zones on occasion, and I liked the opening sample so I thought I’d give “That Place” a try, allowing myself to stop reading at any point if it wasn’t to my tastes. But how Jay Carr writes and sets it all up, I really felt like I was really living the lives of Professor Barry Cunningham (and others) and was impressed by how riveting and beautifully written and at times heart-breaking it was. Sure there is lots of sex, some quite tawdry, as it gives us a candid look into the world of gay prostitution and sex houses in Asia. It is at times dark, gritty, edgy, and real… and even uncomfortable. But that’s what makes it good, in my opinion. It gets under your skin and even though there is much here that most people will never even think about or experience, these are things that really happen in real life. Cunningham is relatable and complex, and Mr. Carr sets up the backdrop and characterizations in a skillful way that not only pulls us in mentally, but also elicits a genuine emotional investment. I truly cared about Barry’s fate, and was surprised and saddened at certain things (no spoilers). An interesting and very diverse cast of characters, along with several intriguing plotlines interwoven against a fully-realized setting makes this a memorable read for me. Recommend for older readers only due to language and graphic sex.
JesseThomas More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars very interesting book – admittedly, not one I’d normally read… but as far as the storyline goes, the scenes had great, authentic detailing, conversations were so natural, and the characters all brought the story to life in their own way. We truly feel like we are living Barry’s experiences with him. Fortunately there weren’t really any ‘boring’ parts… even if it slowed down some and was working on character development or something, it still was so well-written that we are hooked until the bittersweet end. I do enjoy reading about personal struggles and ‘secret lives’ of people…. Whatever their sexual orientation… and while this one really delves into some ‘darker’ territory , it also does a wonderful job of staying true to being a moving, enlightening and impactful story that crosses genres, meaning it isn’t just for those who want to read LGBT fiction. But it also holds nothing back in terms of raw sexuality and explicit sex practices and the gay prostitution/sex club scene. But there is a powerful message here (it’s not just all about sex) so I am glad I read it and I recommend to others with the caveat that it’s not for the uptight or judgmental. Open minds required. (Adults only).
AprilDawn More than 1 year ago
okay, I really enjoyed reading this wonderful novel! The author Jay Carr writes very well… very authentic and strong and we feel like we are there almost like watching a movie or play, even though much of the book is told in narrative form. It does a great job showing s how people can be so conflicted and condemned for their desires, then sometimes judged so harshly for it, maybe even ruining their lives. But the lure for sex/love is a strong one that most cannot resist, despite the terrible consequences. The pacing and flow was flawless, and the storyline developed nicely and was not cliché or predictable. Not all stories have happy endings. It is a gay drama, yes, but is so much more. It is more a study of life, and the complications of our existences, especially when struggling with your sexuality and your true identity. A wonderful book with a timeless story to just get lost in and enjoy getting to know these characters. Adults only.
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars from the opening pages of “That Place” by Jay Carr I knew it would be different from the books I’ve been reading lately and I was right! I’ve never read a book that was written on this topic or this lifestyle before, and I’m generally not a big reader of ‘gay fiction’. At first I didn’t know if I would like it, but when I was done I realized not only did I love it and feel the story and its message transcends genre (and sexual orientations), now I want to read more books from this author. The way he writes feelings and emotions cross any boundaries and reach your heart whether you are gay or straight or somewhere in between. The narrative is crisp and clean and I like that the pace is consistent… not too fast or slow. The only thing I didn’t really like were all the italics… hard to read and are actually unnecessary. Put a powerful story about struggling with some uncomfortable truths about yourself, whatever they may be and the unfortunate consequences that arise. Recommend for mature readers of literary fiction and fans of LGBT lit or for anyone who is really open-minded and can appreciate a good story. Warning there is some graphic sex scenes and some sensitive subject matter.
KayleeeKS More than 1 year ago
"That Place” by Jay Carr has many of the elements I look for in a good book: genuine, fleshed-out characters, well-detailed situations and settings, a complex, but believable plot with a great mix of realistic fiction, and some emotional engagement, great chemistry with characters, a believable struggle or internal conflict, and dire consequences for actions/ choices made. And of course steamy hot sex scenes. For the most part it was an easy read that held on to my interest, although at times I did feel the pace was perhaps a bit too slow and lacked the necessary conflicts to make me *have* to keep reading – but this was more in the beginning where there is more backstory and setup and I feel it got better as it went along and the pace picked up. Cunningham is a good lead as is Tod, and this world they inhabit (gay sex clubs in Bangkok) is definitely very different from anything I’ve read about (or experienced, obviously). Execution-wise the writing is very strong, there are some places that need better editing, some syntax confusion and punctuation and tense issues. The ending felt a bit abrupt, and sad, but was organic and provided closure and satisfaction. All in all I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well-written novel with memorable characters and a powerful message. The author definitely handles complex and touchy issues with dignity and grace and knows how to write great sex scenes! A must read for fans of gay drama/erotica (adults only).
BrendaMax More than 1 year ago
I was surprised by how much I liked this book, “That Place” by Jay Carr, even though Gay fiction normally isn’t my thing. But I’m always interesting in reading provocative, eye-opening novels such as this, so I thought I’d give it a try…. And I wasn’t the least bit disappointed! I thought it was unique, and excellently written and kept my attention from the enticing opening to the sad, but realistic finish. No spoilers, but I hate when the author wraps up everything with a perfectly happy ending with a nice little bow just for the sake of having a “happily ever after’. Life doesn’t work that way. I was wondering how it was going to all tie together and I wasn’t the least bit disappointed! I liked how the book moved in a smooth, but fast pace, and even though it feels ‘big’ because of the way the story is told from different times/countries, it is a relatively quick read, one I finished in the course of a few evenings (maybe I just didn’t want to stop reading?) . I think the narrative prose was very distinctive and Carr nailed the troubled psyche of Barry perfectly, and I was genuinely surprised at a few things that happened. I will admit that I didn’t know much about this type of ‘scene’ before and it was eye-opening and shocking at times. Some parts made me very uncomfortable (like underage sex) But I liked watching his life change and what he goes through… I will definitely be looking for more works from Jay Carr in the future. Definitely recommend reading for adult fans of LGBT/Gay drama. Suitable for ages 18+ due to graphic scenes.
BookPrincessSF More than 1 year ago
I have some mixed feelings on this one – the good part was that this is an excellent novel that captured my interest from the start. Each scene was riveting, imaginative, and well developed, and I enjoyed getting to know/understand Barry and his unusual arrangements and lifestyle – he felt very real, and I liked Jay Carr’s writing style and the authenticity of his characters---flawed, troubled, and very believable. Absolutely crucial in a novel such as this. We genuinely feel his angst and internal conflict, and the complications of his life and relationships were very realistic. The only problem for me was that at times there was just too long of periods where it seemed like there was little forward action, and things were just ‘happening’ and the conversations seemed like just filler. There was some repetition (especially with some of the scenes “At That Place”…) and I just longed to really feel the ‘higher stakes’--- just felt a little detached from it all, even though they were there. And some important events seemed glossed over and lacking an emotional impact (e.g. the ending). Many supporting or side characters seemed to ‘come-and-go’, but left little impact. And it needs better proofreading and editing as there are rampant verb tense inconsistences throughout. But even with that said, I really did enjoy this book and would definitely read more from Jay Carr in the future. He has a great way of writing a complex, profound story and developing flawed, but memorable characters who stay with you. Recommend for mature readers only (18+) due to scenes of graphic sex
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
"That Place” by Jay Carr has to be one of the most original and compelling novels I’ve read in a while. I was completely drawn in from the get-go, and enjoyed Carr’s narrative voice and the way he showed us the story from Barry’s POV, and his struggle to keep and survive his sordid secret once it becomes public and tarnishes his esteemed reputation. The writing is very descriptive and even ‘atmospheric’ at times (almost has a surreal vibe on occasion which I thought was cool). But it’s not overdone where we know every last bit (in fact I can’t even really picture what they even look like which is a little annoying), but you more FEEL like you really know them. The prose and narrative were some of the best I’ve encountered lately in any genre (not just for ‘gay erotica’) –but genuine and authentic. You cannot fake that voice, and Carr has it in spades. It was an evocative, emotional, tragic, and compelling journey from the intriguing beginning to the surprising… but fitting… end, and not one I’ll soon forget. There are some minor proofing and editing issues, nothing too terrible, and some language. A must read for fans of edgy drama and gay fiction. Mature readers only.
MarcellaGonz More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I’ve read by Jay Carr, but I certainly hope it’s not the last. He has a wonderful way of writing atmospheric and life-like, sexy, erotic, heart-grabbing scenes that make us feel like we are really there inside the story and the characters’ heads and lives, as opposed to it all just being “told” to us, as so many authors make the mistake of doing. I like that this book didn’t feel stale or derivative, but instead like a powerful, unique niche of literary LGBT drama that serves well to help diversify a somewhat cookie-cutter genre (in my opinion). I appreciated the depth of the intricate emotional conflicts that are alongside the scandalous, secretive world of Barry Cunningham. To me this was just as much of a ‘life’ story than a story about sex, that is both profound and also has very graphic sexual elements (m/m). A sad twist but a powerful read. Overall the entire novel was one that I thought was exceptionally interestingly written and delivered an emotional win in the end, even if bittersweet. Would like to read more from Mr. Carr. Adults only.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Marta Tandori for Readers' Favorite That Place by Jay Carr is a poignant and, at times, somewhat shocking account of one man’s spiral into hell that gives credence to the old adage of “your past will come back to haunt you.” Barry Cunningham’s quiet academic world as a professor at the Institute for Meditation and Peace Studies in New Jersey is turned upside down when he finds out that he has won the Peace Prize for his ground breaking research on dignity. Nothing prepares Barry for the media furor that surrounds the news of his win – nor what is about to happen as his past is about to be ripped open by a news crew halfway around the world. News journalist Tod Hanson knows that a peace prize winner with a double life that included countless trips to the gay sois of Bangkok with bars, massage shops and ‘pretty boy’ flesh for sale would be big news. And so it is. The fact that Barry’s so-called indiscretions happened more than 20 years ago doesn’t seem to matter to anyone, least of all Barry’s life partner, who packs up and leaves him, solidifying Barry’s downward spiral into hell. That Place alternates between the present and the past, and attacks the book from two points of view; that of Barry in the present and Barry in the past, as well as from the point of view of the news journalist, Tod Hanson. Certainly, the descriptions of the seedier elements of the Bangkok flesh trade, as well as the cavalier and businesslike expediency of the sex transactions, will leave some readers a little squeamish, to say the least, but it’s impossible to ignore the honesty behind the author’s words. The differences between the two main protagonists, Barry and Tod, also make for an interesting dichotomy. While Tod is undeniably the instigator to Barry’s downfall, there is no malice intended. He is merely doing his job, but as he begins to uncover more about Barry’s past, he also learns more about himself in the process. There is much about That Place that will leave the reader speechless and shocked, but the author’s intention isn’t as much about shocking his readers as it is about chronicling the deconstruction of one man’s life and this he does most effectively. If there’s anything to be gleaned about That Place, it would be that we all have one; that place, that incident, that special secret in our past which we may not necessarily want disclosed to anyone else. But no matter how careful we are, how closely we guard our secret, there’s always a risk that someone will find out.