The Boys Across The Street by Rick Sandford

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The riveting and often moving story of one man's obsession with a group of Yeshiva boys.

A work of fiction that manages to be both sexually frank and laugh-out-loud funny, The Boys Across the Street is the story of an ex-porn star named Rick, who lives across the street from a Chasidic boys' school, and his budding relationship with the students and their families. Rick pursues his interest in the boys by adopting Chasidic dress and dares to confront the codes in Leviticus proscribing homosexual behavior; to Rick, these codes are responsible for the bigotry that batters his life.

As his relationship with the boys deepens from obsession to friendship, Rick finds himself confronting areas of prejudice within himself. Despite being an avowed atheist, he finds himself drawn to the religious fervor of the Chasidic men as are they to his passionate embrace of their most contemptible of sins. The collision of their different worlds-combined with their increasing closeness-results in interactions that are intense, funny, and full of longing, often all at the same time.

As smart as it is comic, The Boys Across the Street is a powerful blend of eroticism and religion-a novel filled with unforgettable characters, and one that is certain to stir up discussion about sex and repression.

About Rick Sandford

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Rick Sandford published fiction in "Men 2" and "His 3," He died in 1995.
Published February 15, 2000 by Faber & Faber. 256 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Rick is a case study in personality disorder: An atheist, he detests Judaism as a murderous superstition, although he finds himself more and more strongly drawn to it as a means of possessing the schoolboys he is more and more obsessed with every day: —I wanted to hold Avi in my arms, and I wante...

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Sandford's first and only novel (he died in 1995) is set on and around Hollywood's Alta Vista Boulevard, in 1991, with narrator/protagonist Rick Sandford, 40, presenting the superficially outrageous dynamic that is the book's foundation.

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Austin Chronicle

Case in point, here's Rick talking about the ending of the novel he's writing about the boys: "My ending was that one of you boys would renounce your religion and come over and we'd have great sex."

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