Jack Holmes and His Friend
On Sale: January 17, 2012
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Jack Holmes and Will Wright arrive in New York in the calm
before the storm of the 1960s. Coworkers at a cultural
journal, they soon become good friends. Jack even introduces
Will to the woman he will marry. But their friendship is
complicated: Jack is also in love with Will. Troubled by his
subversive longings, Jack sees a psychiatrist and dates a
few women, while also pursuing short-lived liaisons with
other men. But in the two decades of their friendship, from
the first stirrings of gay liberation through the
catastrophe of AIDS, Jack remains devoted to Will. And as
Will embraces his heterosexual sensuality, nearly destroying
his marriage, the two men share a newfound libertinism in a
city that is itself embracing its freedom.
Moving among beautifully delineated characters in a variety
of social milieus, Edmund White brings narrative daring and
an exquisite sense of life's submerged drama to this
masterful exploration of friendship, sexuality, and
sensibility during a watershed moment in history.
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