on 19 March 2010
I would have given Men from the Boys a six if i had a choice, and this probably isnt as great a book as that, but nether the less i sat down to read it and finished at 5.20 in the morning (and on a work night)it was such a good read. The author is well known by now for his buffed up gym bunnies and fire island hotties, and being neither myself i wasnt expecting this to be my cup of tea at all. However the depth of character he manages to achieve, the back story, the twists and turns and the atmospheric touches he adds make both his characters and the book as a whole come alive. I couldnt help thinking the back story in this was pure Edmund White territory- small town gay boy in provincial unhappy family- but hes done it very nearly as well as White did to his credit, and the bit hes much better at- thirty/forty something gay life is superbly handled. Great plot twist as well!!
on 2 October 2009
I was left slightly disappointed by William Mann's last novel. This one represents a return to top form. It is a story of love at a variety of different levels: the love between Danny, the main subject, and Frank, his older partner; Danny's infatuation with a beautiful but enigmatic younger man; and parental love - in the search - which permeates the whole book - for Danny's sister, who disappeared as a teenager and has never been seen again. Danny's mother's obsession, bordering on madness, with finding her daughter is brilliantly and poignantly portrayed. The book has a slightly contrived twist in the 'tale' but it just about works and the book as a whole is a vivid,compelling read.