In beautiful and uncluttered prose, this book manages to tell the very moving story of Robbie Taylor as he arrrives in New York in 1978 and meets the people who will change his life forever. In an almost epic sweep,the author makes the personal historical and the historical personal through the stories that are told in this wonderful book. The novel achieves what many before it have tried as these character's stories become an almost complete compendium of gay life in America in the last twenty years. This is also a stirring tribute to the many who have died of AIDS. At the risk of sounding trite, this book made me laugh and it made me cry, something very few books have ever managed to do - it's full of the stuff of life.