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Rooney's shorts
Rooney, William.
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New York : Harrington Park Press, [2000]

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137 pages ; 23 cm


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The author of Infidelity takes readers on a playful romp through oceanside settings to discover the highly sensual stories of the thwarted, frustrated, and misguided passions of the characters in these touching stories. The stories feature vivid characters who experience moments of human fragility in their quests for relationships and love that take them to the darker sides of humanity. Readers will enjoy a stream of surprising tales of moonstruck love, drunkenness, lunacy, and despair, brilliantly painted across wide stretches of coastal landscape. Rooney's Shorts is flooded with currents of memory and tides of dawning sexuality as they crash and swell against whirlpools of alcoholism and self-destruction. The salt-sprayed lives of Rooney's characters create a captivating sea that explores the inner workings of vulnerable relationships between men and boys and the relational power struggles that erupt between them.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Primarily gay male protagonists go drinking, looking for love and exploring Provincetown and Florida, in this first collection of short stories. Some of the 12 tales tackle sexual coming-of-age, the question of mutable sexual identity and the gay community's diverse population. With equal dexterity in meditative and slapstick modes, Rooney takes readers to various eras from the late '60s to the fantasy future. In "Outlaws," a reclusive artist compares himself to the stealthy coyotes that share off-season Provincetown with him. In a more comic vein, a trio of men mourn the untimely passing of an alcoholic, bar-dancing pug dog in "Marilyn: The Last Performance." Other highlights include "The Moon Again," an associative interior monologue brought on by insomnia, and "The Shih Tzu Master's Thermos," a character study of a flamboyant Provincetown eccentric. From time to time, Rooney strains in the development of a character's motivation, most noticeably in "Cocksucker with a Gun," where urban tension fosters a violent, vigilante act, and in the opening story, where a boy's emerging sexuality and disdain for a new stepfather are expressed in unexpected and implausible sexual audacity. The weak links, however, are few in this otherwise thoughtful, entertaining and original collection. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved