The Married Man by Edmund White

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In Edmund White's most moving novel yet, an American living in Paris finds his life transformed by an unexpected love affair.

Austin Smith is pushing fifty, loveless and drifting, until one day he meets Julien, a much younger, married Frenchman. In the beginning, the lovers' only impediments are the comic clashes of culture, age, and temperament. Before long, however, the past begins to catch up with them. In a desperate quest to save health and happiness, they move from Venice to Key West, from Montreal in the snow to Providence in the rain. But it is amid the bleak, baking sands of the Sahara that their love is pushed to its ultimate crisis.
 

About Edmund White

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Edmund White is the author of many novels, including A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, The Farewell Symphony, and, most recently, Hotel de Dream. His nonfiction includes City Boy and other memoirs; The Flâneur, about Paris; and literary biographies and essays. White lives in New York and teaches at Princeton.
 
Published September 8, 2010 by Vintage. 336 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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In something of a reversal, the Providence sections introduce complications the initial set-up didn’t anticipate: Austin discovers the malignant, politically correct demagoguery of academia—but it’s Julien who develops the much more serious problem of full-blown AIDS.

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Austin keeps his HIV status secret from Julien until the latter gets the flu, which frightens Austin into a confession.

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Book Reporter

And here is his deconstruction of Disney World: "But something about being here, in this unreal place dedicated to such cheerless, standardized pleasure, a place that was just a hot, sunny void in central Florida, a joy that was paid for, dollar by dollar, as a meter ticked rapidly and chains tu...

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Entertainment Weekly

Edmund White labors for deep emotional effect in The Married Man, the tragic semiautobiographical story of a gay romance between Austin, an HIV-positive American living in Paris, and Julien, a married French architect — but doesn't quite pull it off.

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Austin Chronicle

Edmund White knows all about love and gay sex.

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