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Fag Hag (Plume Fiction) Paperback – 27 Oct 1994


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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reissue edition (27 Oct. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452269407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452269408
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,221,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Mar. 2001
Format: Paperback
I was drawn to Robert Rodi due to his editor Robert Drake. His books have a familiar feel for those who have enjoyed the Tales of the City series by Maupin. Fag Hag, has similar over the top characters, and for those who have read his other books, "Kept Boy" and "Closet Case", you will not be disappointed. In fact, gay men will find many characters in here from their everyday lives. The laughs are many, and in between there are even some moments that give cause for introspection... If you want perfect men, rugged out doors types, and the wonderful joys of eavesdropping on obsession then this is the book for you... A good one for sitting around the pool, and definitely a conversation started.
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By Ford Ka VINE VOICE on 31 Mar. 2009
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"Fag Hag" starts as a comedy and then slowly gets darker and darker - an innocent reader may miss the early signs that something is in the air.
It is a story of not-too-beautiful girl Natalie who fell for her gay friend Peter and at least superficially decided to let her laugh turn into friendship. Yet deep inside she is still in love and will do anything to stay with the man she loves.
We may laugh at Natalie when she successfully chases away potential candidates for her gay friend's significant other. Rodi very skillfully thickens the atmosphere, what seemed innocent at the beginning will come back to grow to completely unexpected dimensions. Fortunately, the tragic dimension never develops into a real tragedy, when Natalie decides that there are no holds barred in her attempts at keeping Peter forever by her side against his will, she will be stopped on time.
Rodi combines his comic literary skills with psychological depth of analysis achieving almost eerily true picture of a friendship between a gay man and a straight woman gone terribly wrong. Fag Hag is simply a must read for gay men and their straight female friends because it delineates in detail all the dangers of such relationships. You will be laughing at the characters antics but don't forget to give a moment of thought to how similar their behaviour may be to yours and where you are heading if in a similar situation.
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By Steve on 21 Jan. 2010
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I started at the end by reading Robert Rodi's latest (When you were me) and was so taken with it that I am now tracking down his earlier books, mostly out of print, of which is his first. I really enjoyed it but if his most recent book is anything to go by he has lost none of his talent in the intervening period so I have high hopes that all the other books will be equally enjoyable.
This one is sharp and funny in its tale of Natalie, whose whole emotional life is absorbed by gay friends whose own sex and love lives she unscruplously disrupts even though she has no serious hope that they will turn toher instead. Much of the book is light, face paced and amusing, but there is throughout a darker strain, which emerges starkly and surprisingly towards the end when Natalie's fixation turns to derangement. Rodi excels at creating and depicting a range of larger than life characters, as well as more subtle ones. The relationship between Natalie's chosen boyfriend, Peter, and the love of his life, Lloyd, is particularly attractive.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 April 1999
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This is actually a rather eerie story. Why? Because of the way Rodi uses his words. It really get you into the tension and suspence of what is going to happen next. Natalie is actually quite pitiful, but I admire her sense of ambition. This is also the book that got me thinking: love actually exsists to THAT extent. For me, I read it through the night,(and that means no sleep!) and by the time I finished, I was blanked out. This is the book that gave me a serious view about gays and lesbians. That we are taking them too lightly. They are actually people who DO find love.
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