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After the Blue Hour
By (author): John Rechy
9780802127563 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Literary Mar 02, 2018
$23.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.61 in 224 pages Grove/Atlantic Grove Press

Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Fiction

John Rechy’s first novel,City of Night, an international bestseller, is considered a modern classic. Subsequent work asserts his place among America’s most important writers. The author’s most daring work,After the Blue Hour is narrated by a twenty-four-year-old writer named John Rechy. Fleeing a turbulent life in Los Angeles, he accepts an invitation to a private island from an admirer of his work. There, he joins Paul, his imposing host in his late thirties, his beautiful mistress, and his precocious teenage son. Browsing Paul’s library and conversing together on the deck about literature and film during the spell of evening’s ?blue hour,” John feels surcease, until, with unabashed candor, Paul shares intimate details of his life. Through cunning seductive charm, he married and divorced an ambassador’s daughter and the heiress to a vast fortune. Avoiding identifying his son’s mother, he reveals an affinity for erotic ?dangerous games.” With intimations of past decadence and menace, an abandoned island nearby arouses tense fascination over the group. As ?games” veer toward violence, secrets surface in startling twists and turns. Explosive confrontation becomes inevitable.

John Rechy is the author of seventeen books, includingCity of Night, theNew York Times bestsellerNumbers, and theLos Angeles Times bestsellersRushes andThe Coming of the Night. He has received several lifetime achievement awards, including from PEN Center USA, William Whitehead Foundation, University of California at Riverside, and the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature. The author lives in Los Angeles.

Praise forAfter the Blue Hour:

Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Fiction

“Rechy’s art has always been about power in various incarnations: the power of class and race, of the body and the intellectual . . . He continues to write with such elegance and lyricism, descending into raw scenes of human longing and violence . . . His language remains lapidary and hypnotic, never fading in its own control.”—Susan Straight,Los Angeles Times

“John Rechy is as bold as ever. When Gore Vidal said that Rechy was ‘one of the few original American writers of the last century,’ he was right. There’s no other writer like him, and with the publication ofAfter the Blue Hour, he shows no signs of letting up.”—Ken Harvey,Lambda Literary

“A taut meditation on what it means to represent and to write, to read and to be read.After the Blue Hour is a beach read for those who prefer to thumb Genet rather than Grisham on the deckside chaise.”—Eric Newman,Los Angeles Review of Books

“Shocking, erotic, and suspenseful . . . His fiction is as provocative and electric as ever. Rechy has explored the intersection of identity, sexual yearning, and morality throughout his career, but never with the clarity he exhibits inAfter the Blue Hour.”—Jonathan Parks-Ramage,OUT Magazine

“Rechy’s gift for storytelling and erotic embellishment shows no signs of wear-and-tear . . . Mysterious, intriguing, and brashly amatory, Rechy’s take on gamesmanship, power, domination, and deception is a welcome return to form for the author and a wild ride indeed.” —Jim Piechota,The Bay Area Reporter

“Tense metafiction, pungent with desire and emotional cruelty . . . Rechy’s prose is lean and sinewy . . . The novel is unflinching in its candor even as its events have a tantalizing aura of mystery.”—Publishers Weekly

“A steamy tale . . . with a kind of Gatsby-by-way-of-Henry James subplot. Beautifully written.”—Kirkus Reviews

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