An Arrow's Flight by Mark Merlis

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Three millennia old, the story of the Trojan War is one of the benchmark works of the Western canon. Against a modern backdrop, Merlis retells this ancient tale to explore the intricacies of modern gay history, identity, and the wall between "gay" and "straight".

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Mark Merlis grew up in Baltimore and attended Wesleyan and Brown Universities. He now lives in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
Published January 13, 2011 by St. Martin's Press/Stonewall. 384 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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Inspired perhaps by Christopher Logue’s reimagined Homer, Merlis tells his story in modern dress, with bars and air-conditioning, battleships and airplanes, and, most tellingly, with Philoctetes— dreadful wound now a surprisingly effective AIDS metaphor.

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In a boldly conceived narrative of uncommon artistry, the author of American Studies succeeds in making the implausible not only plausible but probable as he wryly juxtaposes contemporary icons and li

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Bringing to vivid life in the late 20th century figures from Greek mythology, Merlis tells the story of Achilles' gay 21-year-old son, Pyrrhus, and how he comes to embrace a destiny that takes him far beyond the urban gay ghetto--and the half-hearted ""job"" of dancing nude and hustling--that he'...

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