Borrowed Time by Paul Monette
An AIDS Memoir

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You do not need to be gay to read this book. I am a heterosexual female and identified with book completely. This is because the book is about love and, wow, did Paul Monette know how to love Roger Horowitz until "death we do part."
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The tragic true story of a love cut short by AIDS, written by National Book Award winner Paul Monette

In 1974, Paul Monette met Roger Horwitz, the man with whom he would share more than a decade of his life. In 1986, Roger died of complications from AIDS. Borrowed Time traces this love story from start to tragic finish. At a time when the medical community was just beginning to understand this mysterious and virulent disease, Monette and others like him were coming to terms with unfathomable loss. This personal account of the early days of the AIDS crisis tells the story of love in the face of death.

A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Borrowed Time was one of the first memoirs to deal candidly with AIDS and is as moving and relevant now as it was more than twenty-five years ago. Written with fierce honesty and heartwarming tenderness, this book is part love story, part testimony, and part requiem.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Paul Monette including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the Paul Monette papers of the UCLA Library Special Collections.
 

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Paul Monette was born on October 16, 1945 in Lawrence, Mass., and has published numerous poetry collections, novels, novelizations, memoirs, and nonfiction works. A distinguished author of both poetry and prose, Monette's writings often explored issues relating to homosexuality and AIDS. After receiving critical acclaim in 1975 for a poetry collection The Carpenter at the Asylum, he veered away from his mainstay theme and produced an unlikely pair of books that demonstrated his poet's way with words. The books were No Witnesses, a collection of poems featuring imaginary adventures of famous figures, written in 1981, and The Long Shot, a mystery in which an avid shopper and a forger team to solve a murder. However, his following mystery, Lightfall, written in 1982, was not well-received by the critics. Monette next wrote Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 1992. His last work, Last Watch of the Night: Essays Too Personal and Otherwise, was a collection of 10 moving and uncompromising essays dealing with topics such as his beloved dog Puck and the 1993 Gay and Lesbian March on Washington, D.C. Paul Monette died as a result of complications from AIDS on February 18, 1995.
 
Published March 25, 2014 by Open Road Media. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Gay & Lesbian, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences, Children's Books. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Carol Irvin on Sep 14 2014

You do not need to be gay to read this book. I am a heterosexual female and identified with book completely. This is because the book is about love and, wow, did Paul Monette know how to love Roger Horowitz until "death we do part."

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