In his wonderfully witty debut novel, Timothy James Beck introduces a coy, comely Midwesterner-turned-Manhattanite whose hobbies include acting, gardening -- and lusting after the buff businessman across the way. Daniel Stephenson's new Hell's Kitchen apartment might be cramped and ancient by any self-respecting gay New Yorker's standards, but it also has a fabulous view -- a straight shot through the window of the most luscious male specimen in town. However, peeping and pondering Mr. Perfect's sexuality isn't all that's on Daniel's mind these days. Until now, he's been content strutting the stage at Club Chaos as his outrageous alter ego, Princess 2Di4. But on the eve of his thirtieth birthday, he decides to leave his sequins behind and contemplate his future. And practically the moment Daniel turns in his tiara, he comes face to face with his unsuspecting new neighbor -- and his new neighbor's female live-in. Coincidentally, the darkly handsome Blaine Dunhill and Sheila Meyers have just moved to New York from Daniel's hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. And Blaine happens to be looking for an administrative assistant just as Daniel happens to be looking for the kind of job that doesn't require mascara and a manicure. But is Blaine looking for love? More importantly, is he looking for love with a woman...or with a man...or perhaps with a man who until now made a living impersonating a woman? Determined to conceal his risque past while luring the object of his affection out of the closet and into his arms, Daniel launches the biggest masquerade of his life -- as a nine-to-five commuter.
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Published October 1, 2002
Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction.