Christodora by Tim Murphy
A Novel

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Murphy can’t manage every plot thread with equal depth—Mateo’s parents are comparatively wan figures. But when Mateo’s at the center, as he often is, Murphy has a potent symbol of loss and redemption. A poignant, if carefully manicured, exploration of a health crisis that hasn’t yet ended.
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In this vivid and compelling novel, Tim Murphy follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan’s East Village, the Christodora. The Christodora is home to Milly and Jared, a privileged young couple with artistic ambitions. Their neighbor, Hector, a Puerto Rican gay man who was once a celebrated AIDS activist but is now a lonely addict, becomes connected to Milly and Jared’s lives in ways none of them can anticipate. Meanwhile, Milly and Jared’s adopted son Mateo grows to see the opportunity for both self-realization and oblivion that New York offers. As the junkies and protestors of the 1980s give way to the hipsters of the 2000s and they, in turn, to the wealthy residents of the crowded, glass-towered city of the 2020s, enormous changes rock the personal lives of Milly and Jared and the constellation of people around them. Moving kaleidoscopically from the Tompkins Square Riots and attempts by activists to galvanize a true response to the AIDS epidemic, to the New York City of the future, Christodora recounts the heartbreak wrought by AIDS, illustrates the allure and destructive power of hard drugs, and brings to life the ever-changing city itself.
 

About Tim Murphy

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Tim Murphy has reported on HIV/AIDS for twenty years, for such publications as Poz Magazine, where he was an editor and staff writer, Out, Advocate, and New York Magazine, where his July 2014 cover story on the new HIV-prevention pill regimen PrEP was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Journalism. He also covers LGBT issues, arts, pop culture, travel and fashion for publications including the New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Details and Yahoo Style. He lives in Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley.
 
Published August 2, 2016 by Grove Press. 496 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on May 16 2016

Murphy can’t manage every plot thread with equal depth—Mateo’s parents are comparatively wan figures. But when Mateo’s at the center, as he often is, Murphy has a potent symbol of loss and redemption. A poignant, if carefully manicured, exploration of a health crisis that hasn’t yet ended.

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Good
Reviewed by Tobias Carroll on Jul 29 2016

This is a novel that abounds with ambition, but it largely succeeds in grappling with a host of grand themes.

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