04 February 2018

The House of Impossible Beauties; Joseph Cassara

The House of Impossible Beauties: A NovelThe House of Impossible Beauties: A Novel by Joseph Cassara
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I was just out of college, newly arrived in New York City, I worked for an off-Broadway theatre company. Many of the people described in this book, their lives, their fears about AIDS, the Houses reminded me of people I'd known or worked with and places I'd been in those early years. The author has captured the feel of that era so well. This wasn't my world yet reading this book, I felt so close to Angel and Venus. Hector reminded me of people I knew who were also dying of this disease (and of those who, I suspect, did die later - one boss in particular who engaged in what I knew was risky behavior but, well... he never seemed to stop). To the author's credit, this was no tearjerker, deliberately playing with readers' emotions.

Anyone reading this who hasn't already seen Paris Is Burning needs to do so, immediately.

ARC provided by publisher.

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