Some of the Parts by T Cooper

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In sparse, evocative prose, T Cooper tells the story of four splintered lives: Isak is a "gender freak" to the world at large. Taylor is so simultaneously perfect, yet useless, that she is paralyzed. Her mother Arlene is lonely and pill-popping, while Arlene’s brother Charlie faces the unexpected—even unwanted—prospect of being healthy with HIV. Fractured lives in various forms of exile eventually join to re-forge a definition of family from the ashes.

T Cooper received an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University. For some time, T doubled as T-Rok, a member of the heart-throbby Backdoor Boys performance troupe. T’s work—both fiction and non-fiction—has appeared in a variety of magazines, journals and anthologies. This is a first novel.


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T Cooper is the author of three novels, including the bestselling The Beaufort Diaries and Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes. Cooper's work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Believer, and One Story, among others. He lives in both New York and the South with his wife, children, and two rescue pit bulls.
Published January 1, 2002 by Akashic Books. 264 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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When the stories are combined, however—as with Isak and Taylor’s trip back across country and their prickly romance, or the final gathering of the entire cast in Arlene’s house in Providence—things go less well.

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The most compelling character is Arlene's gorgeous but flighty daughter, Taylor, who capitalizes on her stunning looks to engineer a series of advantageous relationships that more than compensate for her lack of job skills.

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