Getting Off Clean by Timothy Murphy

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The one thing that Eric Fitzpatrick wants is to escape--both from his family and the racially tense town in which he lives. The only son of an Italian-Irish family in a working class suburb of boston, he intends to go away to college and leave his old life far bhind. But all his plans are set askew when he meets Brooks, a mysterious, wealthy, black student at a local prep school. As their relationship grows ever deeper and more complicated, Eric must come to terms not only with his family and community, bu with his warring ambitions and desires.

About Timothy Murphy

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Murphy is a venture capitalist who farms and hunts in his native North Dakota.
Published February 15, 1997 by St. Martin's Press. 322 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Despite his love for Brooks, Eric is still the straight arrow, the local hero with a Yale scholarship, who doesn't want his family to know about his sexuality and who won't run off to Paris.

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When narrator Eric Fitzpatrick, a white honor student in a working-class Boston suburb, becomes involved with Brooks Tremont, a rich black student at the local prep school, his well-structured life begins to unravel.

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