LTBTQ - Fiction
by Paul Yee.
Young immigrant Ray Liu is struggling to adjust to North American life. When his father discovers Ray has been cruising gay websites, the teen is kicked out of the family home. He heads to downtown Toronto, where the harsh reality of street life hits him.
9781554980949Paul YeeMoney BoyRay Liu knows he should be happy. He lives in a big suburban house with all the latest electronic gadgets, and even finds plenty of time to indulge in his love of gaming. He needs the escape. It's tough getting grades that will please his army veteran father, when speaking English is still a struggle. And he can't quite connect with his gang at high school -- immigrants like himself but who seem to have adjusted to North American life more easily. Then comes his father accesses Ray's internet account, and discovers Ray has been cruising gay websites. Before Ray knows what has hit him, his belongings have been thrown on the front lawn, and he has been kicked out. Angry, defiant, Ray heads to downtown Toronto. In short order he is robbed, beaten up and seduced, and he learns the hard realities of life on the street. Could he really sell himself for sex? Lots of people use their bodies to make money -- athletes, actors, models, pop singers. If no one gets hurt, why should anyone care? - Description from Syndetics
This superb collection of literary fiction, about gay men, by gay men, and for gay men, comprises the best of gay literature since the 1950s. Among the prominent authors represented in this timely volume are Christopher Bram, Andrew Holleran, Francis King, Simon Raven, James Robert Baker, and Dale Peck.
This 39-story collection is an important addition to gay literature that encompasses nearly a century of writing. It casts aside the notions of so much pre-1980s writing that presupposed a gay ghetto where men suffered more at each other's hands than from straight oppressors' persecution, an unalterable chasm between gays and the rest of the world, and the suffocating oppression of a double, half-secret life. The stories individually often treat themes of homosexual self-identity, but the characters in them are defined not so much by their sexuality as by their relative positions in society and their shifting relationships with each other, their friends, wives, children, and families. The authors represented in this wide-ranging assemblage are not exclusively gay males and include Ann Beattie, Barbara Pym, and Edna O'Brien. More expectably present are Noel Coward, Christopher Isherwood, Larry Kramer (in a stunning tour de force of Jewish ethnicity, "Mrs. Tefillin"), Paul Bailey indulging his meditations on semen or "spunk," and A. M. Homes, who is in fact a woman able to write with astonishing authenticity from the point of view of teenage boys. ~--Whitney Scott
From Booklist, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission.
Art on Fire is the apparent biography of subversive painter Francesca deSilva, the founding foremother of "pseudorealism," who lived hard and died young. But in the tradition of Vladimir Nabokov's acclaimed novel Pale Fire , it's a fiction from start to finish. It opens with Francesca's early life. We learn about her childhood love, the chess genius Lisa Sinsong, as well as her rivalry with her brilliant sister Isabella, who publishes an acclaimed volume of poetry at the age of twelve. She compensates for the failings of her less than attentive parents by turning to her grandmother who is loyal and adoring until she learns Francesca is a lesbian, when she rejects her. Francesca flees to a ramshackle cabin in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, working weekends at the flea market. She breaks into the gloomy basement of a house, where she begins her life as a painter. Much to her confusion and even dismay, fame comes quickly.
Interspersed with Francesca's narrative are thirteen critical "essays" on the paintings of Francesca deSilva by critics, academics, and psychologists--essays that are razor-sharp satires on art, lesbian life, and the academic world, puncturing pretentiousness with every paragraph. Art on Fire is a darkly comic, pitch-perfect, and fearless satire on the very art of biography itself.
Art on Fire is the latest winner of the Bywater Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the Heekin Foundation Award, the Dana Awards, and the Story Oaks Prize. It was mistakenly awarded the nonfiction prize in the Amherst Book and Plow Competition. - Description from Syndetics