Laughter Of Heroes by Jonathan Neale
(90s Series)

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In the troubled war zone that is life in the 90s, heroes come in many guises; so meet John, a puppeteer with talent who also happens to have AIDS. When his illness is discovered, John is ungraciously deported from China. Back in London, his sister Claire rounds up the troops - John's ex-lover Paul, and his buddies Mark, Babur and Keith - to help get John through what could he his last months. Will the guys get John to Disneyland? Will they realise he'd rather visit Tibet? Why, when he still loves Paul, does John confide best in Andy the Mouse, his star puppet? Moving, powerful and funny, The laughter of Heroes explores a poignant subject with a deft touch.
 

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Jonathan Neale was born in New York City and now lives in London. He is the author of books of nonfiction and fiction for adults, though this is his first novel for young people. He has traveled in India, Nepal, Japan, Vietnam, the islands around Tahiti, Egypt, Sudan, Kenya, Venezuela, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. He has also sailed across the Atlantic in a small boat.
 
Published November 1, 1993 by Serpent's Tail. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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(Bill has learned of his son's condition and comes to accept it.) Neale provides sharp portraits of the group, sometimes touching, sometimes funny, and also introduces a Special Agent in Florida who likes to pistol-whip criminals and ``expedite the judicial process.'' Eventually, these two plots ...

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