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Title:
In September, the light changes : the stories of Andrew Holleran
Author:
Holleran, Andrew.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
306 pages ; 25 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Sunday morning: Key West -- The hamburger man -- Petunias -- Someone is crying in the Chateau de Berne -- Blorts -- The man who got away -- The ossuary -- The penthouse -- The boxer -- The housesitter -- Amsterdam -- In September, the light changes -- Joshua and Clark -- Delancey Place -- The sentimenal education -- Innocence and longing.
ISBN:
9780786864614
Format :
Book

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Summary

Andrew Hollerans first novel, Dancer from the Dance, is recognized as a classic portrait of gay life in New York in the 1970s. His subsequent works, from Nights in Aruba and The Beauty of Men to the essays in Ground Zero, established Holleran as the preeminent voice in the contemporary gay literary canon. His fiction has earned comparisons to that of Guy de Maupassant, Somerset Maugham, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and now Holleran returns with a collection of sixteen powerful short stories. Exploring the lives and times of those who have lived past the exuberance of youth, these tales make for a moving journey across landscapes of regret and loss, shame and pride, loneliness and love. With a surprising yet sensitive comic touch, Andrew Holleran has written his most mature work to date--a poignant, polished collection.

"Like John Cheevers work, these stories are suffused with a sense of magic and the possibility of grace." --San Francisco Chronicle Book Review


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Booklist Review

Holleran remains one of the better gay fiction writers around. Pathos and nostalgia abound in this collection of mostly unpublished short stories, which take place over a period spanning the 1970s to today. Reminiscent of the title of the collection, many of the main characters seem to be in the September of their lives. Middle-aged gay men deal with getting older, with loneliness and feelings of abandonment (often provoked by the AIDS crisis), and they often yearn for youth and younger men. Many of these stories are about travel to foreign places; Holleran shows that the locus need not change for a place to be foreign. Many themes of gay culture are given an honest and brutally critical look. The writing is lovely, spotted throughout with clever phrases. However, the pieces themselves are hit-or-miss, ranging in quality from the banal to the brilliantly constructed. Holleran is a talented, well-known writer, and this new collection will be in high demand from his fans, legion in number. --Michael Spinella


Library Journal Review

Holleran is a highly acclaimed novelist whose best-selling Dancer from the Dance (LJ 8/78) was a landmark in gay literature. Succeeding novelsÄNights in Aruba (LJ 7/83) and The Beauty of Men (LJ 6/15/96)Äand essays in Ground Zero (LJ 9/15/88) established him firmly in the gay literary canon. Here, Holleran pulls together 16 beautifully crafted short stories written over a 20-year period, each of which deals with perceptions of gay people, gay events, and gay places through the often ironic haze of half-remembered, garbled time. The continuous use of omniscient narrators provides the necessary distance for viewing layers of conflict in these characters' lives. The results are poignancy, ribald humor, pensiveness, keen discernment, and unsettling apprehension. For character studies like these, Holleran can be compared to de Maupassant. For larger issues, we might look to another Southern writer, Shirley Ann Grau. Holleran's evocative title captures the heart of his matter, much as Grau's phrase "a sea change" does in her short fiction. What ultimately shines after the tempering and burnishing of our lives is a seasoned, indomitable spirit. Recommended for public and academic libraries, and for special collections of gay literature.ÄRoger W. Durbin, Univ. of Akron Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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