My Loose Thread by Dennis Cooper

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Larry, a teenager not only wrestling with his sexuality and the implications of a physical relationship with his younger brother but with the purpose and the reason to his existence, is numb. Dead. As the book opens, Larry has been paid $500 by a senior to kill a fellow pupil and retrieve the boy's notebook. It seems simple enough. However, once Larry ventures into the notebook, complications arise. Struck at once by both the beauty of articulation and by the horror of its content, Larry longs for such an ability to communicate but feels powerless: Is there a place for sincerity or concern, or indeed love? My Loose Thread is a claustrophobic read and a harrowing piece of fiction that is all the more so for the gracefulness of the language. It confirms Cooper's reputation as one of the most talented and original novelists writing today.

About Dennis Cooper

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Dennis Cooper is a novelist, poet, critic, editor, and performance artist. His books include God Jr., The Sluts, and Ugly Man: Stories. He lives in Los Angeles.
Published May 1, 2002 by Canongate Pub.. 128 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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But uncertainty about his sexual identity goes much deeper: Larry also tries to fool around with Pete, takes another male friend on a “date” only to beat him up and let the school’s leading Nazi rape him, and visits the teenaged daughter of his therapist in her bedroom, all the while trying to pa...

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Larry and his 13-year-old brother habitually sneak into bed with each other, though Larry continues to be at war with his burgeoning homosexuality.

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