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Exiles in America
(2006) -- Nominated, 2006 Lambda Literary Award for Male Fiction
Zack Knowles and Daniel Wexler have been together for twenty-one years. Zack
is a psychiatrist, Daniel an art teacher at a college in Virginia. In the
fall of 2002, a few months before the Iraq War, a new artist in residence,
Abbas Rohani, arrives with his Russian wife, Elena, and their two children.
But Abbas is not quite what he seems, and soon he and Daniel begin an
affair. After love throws the two families together, politics threatens the
future of both in ways no one could have predicted.
A novel that explores how the personal becomes political, Exiles in
America offers an intimate look at the meaning of marriage, gay and
straight, and demonstrates the breathtaking skill and daring imagination
that have garnered Christopher Bram widespread critical acclaim.
Father of Frankenstein
re-released 2005 as
Gods and Monsters
Previously titled Father of Frankenstein, this
acclaimed novel was the basis for the 1998 film starring Sir Ian McKellen,
Lynn Redgrave, and Brendan Fraser. It journeys back to 1957 Los Angeles,
where James Whale, the once-famous director of such classics as
Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein, is living in
retirement, haunted by his past. Rescuing him from his too-vivid imagination
is his gardener, a handsome ex-marine. The friendship between these two very
different men is sometimes tentative, sometimes touching, often
dangerous—and always captivating.
Movie (1998) Bill Condon, director with Brendan Fraser and Ian McKellen
Lives of the Circus Animals: A Novel
(2003) -- Winner 2003 Lambda Literary Award for Male Fiction
Critically acclaimed novelist Christopher Bram has written some of his best
work about life in the performing arts. In Father of Frankenstein, the basis
for the Academy Award-winning movie Gods and Monsters, it was
Hollywood in the thirties and fifties. In The Notorious Dr. August: His
Real Life and Crimes, it was the strange world of Victorian music and
spiritualism. Now, in Lives of the Circus Animals, Bram explores
contemporary New York theater, spending several days and nights with a
diverse handful of men and women.
There is Caleb Doyle, a hot new playwright whose newest work, Chaos
Theory, has just bombed. His sister, Jessie, also loves theater but has
no outlet for her talents except to work as the personal assistant to
British actor Henry Lewse, "the Hamlet of his generation," while he does a
Broadway musical. Henry loves Shakespeare, money, grass, and boys.
Then there's Frank Earp, an ex-actor who courts Jessie and is directing a
troupe of acting students in a homemade play. Among the students is Toby
Vogler, a nice kid from the Midwest who has a whole other career at night.
Toby was once Caleb Doyle's boyfriend.
Overseeing this world like an unhappy god is Kenneth Prager, second-string
theater critic for the New York Times.
Leaping from one life to another, one day to the next, the novel throws
these people together in a serious comedy about love and work and
make-believe. Lives of the Circus Animals is a cross between a Mozart
opera and a Preston Sturges movie. A look at theater people who are just
like everyone else, only more so, it's a comic celebration of how we all
strive to stay sane while living in the shadow of those two impostors,
success and failure.
The Notorious Dr. August: His Real Life and Crimes
Spanning more than sixty years from the Civil War to the early
1920s, and moving from the battlefields of the South to New York City,
through Paris, London, Constantinople, and Coney Island, The Notorious
Dr. August features Augustus Fitzwilliam Boyd, alias Dr. August, an
improvisational pianist who believes his music is sometimes inspired
by the spirit world.
He is in love with Isaac Kemp, an ex-slave who only sporadically returns his
affections and who himself successfully woos Alice Pangborn, a rather prim
white governess. The three, locked in a strange and often painful love
triangle, travel the world--until a horrible tragedy forces them all to
examine the choices they have made and shakes up their relationships in ways
none of them could have predicted.
Rich in historical detail and musical knowledge, The Notorious Dr. August
is a brilliantly written exploration of race, class, spirituality, and
sexuality -- and of what it really means to love another.
American diplomat Jim Goodall struggles with
his homosexuality for three decades, walking a fine line between his public
and private personas.
In Memory of Angel Clare
This brilliant comedy of
manners set among a group of Manhattan sophisticates depicts the friends of
a dead filmmaker trying to put their lives back together--a task made more
arduous by the young boyfriend he left behind.
Ralph is a breezy East Villager, politically aware but only
half committed, who is swept up in an affair with Bill, a young Republican
journalist who "just happens" to be gay. Ralph's qualms about dating a man
whose values clash with his own turn to disgust when Bill publishes a
scathing tell-all book that attacks several prominent women in Washington.
Illuminating the fine line between the personal and the public, Gossip
brings wry insights and provocative questions to current political and
social controversies. Bram's deft humor and subtle grasp of human character
enrich a novel that is at once entertaining, surprising, and wholly
Hold Tight confirms Christopher Bram's status as one of the
outstanding gay novelists of our time. Erotic, romantic, and suspenseful,
this wholly original story is a thriller set in a homosexual brothel in 1942
New York City. Hank Fayette, Seaman Second Class, had enlisted in his home
town of Beaumont, Texas, used his shore leave to visit a movie house on 42nd
Street, and ended up in a gay brothel near Manhattan's West Street piers.
When this big, lanky blond with a country boy's drawl – and hard muscular
body – couldn't fight his way clear of the Shore Patrol who raided the
place, he figured he was on his way to the brig. But in 1942, a few months
after Pearl Harbor, the Navy was more interested in capturing spies than in
punishing "sex offenders." Their offer to Hank was simple: go back to the
brothel, work undercover as a prostitute, and risk your life to entrap Nazi
spies. This erotic, suspenseful novel captures the big-band feel of New York
City in the forties, the intensity of a nation at war, and the passion of
men for their country – and for each other.
Surprising Myself is the brilliantly realized
debut novel of one of America's most promising young writers. It is a story
about relationships. Between a young man and his father. Between the father
and his ex-wife. Between a mother and her children. Between the children.
And most important, between two young men. Beginning with their initial
discovery of each other and proceeding by a series of deft twists and turns
to a dramatic and very moving conclusion, Bram evokes with great elegance of
style the love that grows between two special people and the adversity they
must jointly overcome. Sometimes innocent and dreamlike, sometimes raunchy
and wicked, this always entertaining tale is an affecting portrait not soon
to be forgotten.
Something Inside: Conversations With Gay Fiction Writers
(1980, 1999) by Philip
Gambone, Compiler and
In the last twenty years, gay literature
has earned a place at the American and British literary tables, spawning its
own constellation of important writers and winning a dedicated audience. No
one though, until Philip Gambone, has attempted to offer a collective
portrait of our most important gay writers. This collection of interviews
attempts just that, and is notable both for the depth of Gambone's probing
conversations and for the sheer range of important authors included.
Virtually every prominent gay author writing in English today is here,
including Alan Hollinghurst,
Brian Keith Jackson,
Peter Cameron, and
Fiction from Christopher Street
Includes works by
Felice Picano, Jane Rule, Kate Millett,
Tennessee Williams, and others.
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