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Our Young Man (Trade Paperback)

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This new novel from Edmund White, one of the most well-respected gay authors, is fizzily immediate, artfully accomplished and a work of comic genius - an exquisite novel from a contemporary master.

New York City in the eighties, and at its decadent heart is gorgeous Frenchman Guy. Moving from the dull industrial city of Clermont-Ferrand to the top of the modeling profession in New York City's fashion world, Guy becomes the darling of Fire Island's gay community. Cuddly yet depraved Fred; Andre, dealing in stolen paintings and hurtling towards prison and the abyss; Pierre-Georges, adept with acerbic asides and knowing lectures: they are all in some way fixated on Guy. 

Like Oscar Wilde's Dorian Grey, Guy never seems to age; at thirty-five he is still modeling, still enjoying lavish gifts from older men who believe he's in his mid-twenties - though their attentions always come at a price. Ambivalently, Guy lets them believe, driven especially by the memory of growing up poor, until he finds he needs the lie to secure not only wealth, but love itself. Capturing perfectly the gay experience of the disco era and into the age of AIDS, Edmund White explores the power of physical beauty - to fascinate, to enslave, and to deceive - with sparkling wit and pathos.

Edmund White is the author of many novels, including ''A Boy's Own Story'', ''The Beautiful Room Is Empty'', ''The Farewell Symphony'', and, most recently, ''Jack Holmes and His Friend''. His nonfiction includes ''City Boy'', ''Inside a Pearl'' and literary biographies and essays. White lives in New York and teaches at Princeton University.

Trade Paperback, 304 Pages, Published June 2016

Author: Edmund White



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