In the City of Shy Hunters

Product Number: EB00645577
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781555847401
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
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A young man comes into his own in this sprawling, evocative novel set in early-1980s Manhattan against the tragic backdrop of the AIDs epidemic. Tom Spanbauer is one of the most enchanting writers in America today, and In the City of Shy Hunters, his first novel in ten years, is a "rich and colorful" portrait of New York in the 1980s, told with "raw power" (San Francisco Chronicle). Shy, afflicted with a stutter, and struggling with his sexuality, Will Parker comes to New York to escape the provincial western towns where he grew up. In New York, he finds himself surrounded for the first time by people who understand and celebrate his quirks and flaws. He also begins an unforgettable love affair with a volatile, six-foot-five African-American drag queen and performance artist named Rose. But even as he is falling in love with Rose and growing into himself, Will must watch as AIDS escalates from a rumor into a devastating tragedy. When a vicious riot erupts in a local park, Will seizes the chance to repay the city for all it has taught him, in a climax that will leave readers shaken, fulfilled, and changed. "In the City of Shy Hunters is so finely crafted . . . you'll think you've been reading a modernist classic" ( "Spanbauer's genius resides even in the asides . . . teas[ing] out the genuine complexity of human love." -The Washington Post Book World "Ambitious and compelling . . . a mixture of the ghastly, the hilarious, and the curiously touching." -The Seattle Times "In the City of Shy Hunters has the earmarks of a literary landmark . . . Its importance and originality are unmistakable." -The Baltimore Sun "A big ambitious stylefest of a novel." -Village Voice

Author(s): Tom Spanbauer
Original Publish Date: Dec 01, 2007

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