The book is also the story of friendship. In high school the narrator, Joe, meets his friend Eddie, who changes his name to "Iqbal" after a brief stint in the Sufi Order of Meditation. They remain best friends, traveling together across the country, accumulating an extended family of friends, coming out, discovering themselves and the new gay world that was blossoming, till Iqbal's death in 1986. The book is a portrait of the times: Joe going to his first gay bar, The Ninth Circle (a famous hustler bar in New York); to being one of the originators of the Southern Decadence Parade in New Orleans in 1978; and finally to San Francisco of the late Seventies and early Eighties where gay liberation was in full force and where his friends started to die.
A lot of people who lived through that period have been embarrassed to admit that, yes, they were the ones indulging in all the practices that contributed to the spread of AIDS. With this novel, the author shows those times in a non-judgmental way. Throughout the book the author tries to balance adversity and humor and interject a little bit of hope. PUBLISHER: Painted Leaf Press
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