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From the author of Bob the Book comes a funny, fast-paced, touching tale of love, laughter, family of choice and fabulousness! Wouldn't it be great if a character from a porn movie stepped right out of your TV, into your life? Well, be careful what you wish for. Because that's how Calvin and Peachy end up looking after Joey. Then Peachy decides to make Joey the center of iFrom the author of Bob the Book comes a funny, fast-paced, touching tale of love, laughter, family of choice and fabulousness! Wouldn't it be great if a character from a porn movie stepped right out of your TV, into your life? Well, be careful what you wish for. Because that's how Calvin and Peachy end up looking after Joey. Then Peachy decides to make Joey the center of in a social-climbing scheme that will take them all from Chelsea to Park Avenue to Fire Island and will entangle a rogues' gallery of eccentric Manhattanites, including portly, perspiring publicist Bunce van den Troell; theatrical investor Sir Desmond Norma; studly thespian Clive Tidwell-Smidgin; and evil lubricant king Fred Pflester and his mysterious nephew, Jeffrey. Tender, wise, witty and utterly deranged, Looking After Joey will make you wish you, too, had a porn character sitting at your kitchen table, pointing at the toast and asking, "What's this called again?"...

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Number of Pages : 334 Pages
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Looking After Joey Reviews

  • Ulysses Dietz
    2019-01-06 07:10

    Five stars with an asterisk...When I troll the review request lists for Brandilyn, I realize that, for the Prism Book Alliance, I’m looking for books that I might not otherwise find. In particular, I’m looking for books by men I’ve not read before. This is to satisfy my ongoing curiosity about what gay men are writing these days; and I’m trying to explore the boundaries of m/m literature (which is to say, step outside those oft-too-narrow parameters). David Pratt’s Looking After Joey will either grab you right away and drag you along; or it will leave you cold. I am in the first category. It is unlike anything I’ve read in the past year, and given all the interesting books I’ve been finding through the Prism review lists, that’s saying something.Pratt is a wonderful writer; arch, crisp, literate. There is no sloppy dialogue and no filler. It is lean and fast and to the point. In the space of a paragraph he can take you from laughing out loud to rolling your eyes to feeling tears starting to build. Although the point of view shifts around a bit in the course of the story, the reader’s main perspective on the action is through the eyes of Calvin Hodge, a New York City accountant who’s pushing forty and yearning a little too desperately to be part of what his best friend Peachy Sniegowski refers to as the “gayristocracy.” If that makes Peachy (real name: Leland) seem a bit too much, don’t worry. Peachy is a bit too much. The fact that Calvin loves him and sticks by their friendship is one of the crucial facts of the novel. By turns surreal and farcical, the plot turns around Joey, about whom I cannot say much without spoiling things. Suffice it to say that Joey is Calvin’s dream boy, a porn star of such perfect beauty that he is the focus of every supercharged ion of Calvin’s frustrated loneliness. And while there is sex in this book, it is not sexy sex. Well, it starts out sexy, but turns increasingly unsexy until it is, well, comical. Existential farce? Dark comedy? Social satire? Yes.This is a book that, like Edmond Manning’s “King” series, seems to be written specifically for gay men—or at least for anyone trying to understand what it is to be a gay man today. It seems to skewer every one of the anxieties that young urban gay men have. It pokes fun at the absurdity of the quest for endless youth and flawless beauty. It lampoons the anxieties and affectations of urban gay culture. Yet, it doesn’t simply mock; it empathizes with these men and their fears; it makes us feel for them—with them. Ultimately Looking After Joey illuminates the truth that life is only as worthwhile as the people you care about and who care about you. There is an odd fatalistic optimism that permeates the book which is, I think, the source of its emotional power. A favorite line says it all: “One day we all lose everybody. ...We’re all just walking each other home. So you just give people the best walk you can, I guess.”I have given this book five stars, but I give it a five with an asterisk, for one reason. Every gay man in the book who is older than the protagonists, however amusingly written, is either pathetic or repugnant. It is something I see all too often, and I have to confess, for a 58-year-old reader, it is disheartening. One of the deepest fears of the characters in the book is aging; and if the older characters here are any indication, that fear is justified. I don’t think that’s what the author intended, and thus, like Calvin, I forgive.

  • Ann
    2019-01-15 02:13

    3.5 StarsI had to cogitate on this one once I finished. There were so many things I liked and appreciated, but just enough things that felt extraneous that diluted the story. It’s a really interesting premise and reading between the lines makes you think about relationships of all forms, self-awareness, self-doubt and perceptions of those around us. I was expecting a light hearted misadventure and really got so much more. There were definitely funny moments, as well as some of the most memorable characters I’ve read. But, there is an underlying sense of despair from Calvin that runs throughout the book.Calvin is not as young as he once was and he is lonely. Very, very lonely. He has his best friend Peachy, as mentioned above, one of the most memorable characters, but that isn’t the same as having someone to love and to love you through life. Honestly, I’m still not sure how I feel about Calvin. I think I liked him, he definitely frustrated me. I think he’s very much a “real” person rather than a character and I have to respect the fact that he isn’t a stereotype, he’s a real man. This conversation between Calvin and Peachy summed them up best:“Peachy, why are we single?”“Because,” Peachy said, “you are pessimistic and self-loathing and I am a cunt.”“You’re not a cunt, Peachy.” Calvin said. “You’re too hard on yourself. You’re just a major league bitch.”“Are you sure?”“But not a cunt. What happened to the ‘fetching’ one from a few weeks ago?”“He fetched someone else. There was a little dalliance which you were away. He was the one who thought I was, well, ‘overbearing’ was the word he used.”“You’re a lot of woman,” said Calvin. “Some men can’t handle it.”“You’re not just saying that”?So, basically these two are feeling their expiration dates fast approaching on their marketability and the looming specter of loneliness is throughout the book. When Joey enters their world, through a truly magical porn portal, they have a lot to deal with. Joey becomes more than just a project and a ticket to give an old nemesis a come-uppance as time goes on. Granted, the majority of the book is preparing Joey for his debut at the party of the year, but slowly priorities shift and the two who are supposed to know the most, Calvin and Peachy, learn from the one who knows the least, poor confuzzled Joey. I liked Joey once he started to acclimate to the “real world” and once he got to know some more people. Mainly Doug of course, Doug ran a close second to my Peachy for favorite characters. These guys may not have been a traditional family, but they became a family of sorts and that part I liked very much.But, there were so many other things going on it pulled my focus away from where this little dysfunctional group was going and growing. The obsession with the party was too much. I get that it was what Calvin considered his “last stand” but a LOT of time and energy went into trying to make a point to a man who probably wouldn’t care. Secondly, the endless streams of cultural references, pop, gay and otherwise. I understand these things are important to them, but, it was a case of, and pardon me while a quote a little Syndrome to you “when everyone is super, no one will be”. Again, it was just too much, the impact was lost in the flood of name dropping. The references I didn’t get I wasn’t even interested in looking up at that point. And finally, Calvin’s trip to Spain, it was a side trip that didn’t give Calvin enough of an epiphany of any sort to justify being away from the other characters for that long.Overall, I liked the meat and potatoes of the story, the characters and where they ended up. The other stuff just diluted the important points and people for me. I loved the unique plotline and appreciated reading something unique, the book is definitely that and definitely worth reading. Personally, I’m a “less is more” person so a little more focus would have made it even better to me as the characters had great depth and didn’t need the extras to make them memorable.

  • Kazza
    2019-01-21 05:09

    There are 55 status updates here if you just want an idea of the writing. Otherwise, full review at Giveaway of an e-book copy of Looking After Joey June 6th-8th at On Top Down Under.http://ontopdownunderbookreviews.com/...Review:

  • Kevin Klehr
    2019-01-25 03:50

    The author, David Pratt, has a sense of humour I relate to completely, and forgive me but I'm about to share an early line from his book, that once read, I knew I'd enjoy the following pages. The reference is to an art exhibition which features "twenty-seven large format photographs of people's immediate, close-up reactions on being told that the musical Cats was being revived". From this moment, I was hooked.The novel is set in New York and mainly centres around Calvin, a middle aged man still trying to fit in to the gay scene. To put this into perspective, I was conversing with a New Yorker at the same time I read this book, who described the gay Chelsea area as a place where the rainbow has left the village. I replied that the same has happened to Sydney, but that's what's happened to big cities that were ahead of their time in queer politics and acceptance. Thus Calvin is on the outer in a scene he doesn't belong in.Cue an entertaining Twilight Zone visit into the porno he is watching where he goes in search of his favourite porn star, Joey, followed by the opportunity for Joey to escape to the real world, and the fun begins. But this is not the place for a one dimensional porn character. Especially when Calvin's friend, Peachy, weighs in with what he believes is the essential curriculum for every gay man.In the end, this is Calvin's story, and to a lesser extent, Peachy's. They're two people who need a new scene to belong to. A new set of friends. A new view of their world. And a misplaced porn character is just the catalyst to help them on their way.

  • Jax
    2019-01-20 00:09

    Very funny! I actually laughed out loud. A lot. I love when characters are so fleshed out and distinct from each other. I especially loved Stuart who's really only a minor character. The scene at the party where he's stuffing his face and making comments on the food completely oblivious to the drama playing out around him was hysterical. And his way of answering "Fuck you, (insert any noun that was just mentioned)" cracked me up every time. Small details in a book that takes great care with every small detail to make a very satisfying whole.

  • Rogerio Pinto
    2019-01-08 01:16

    “Looking After Joey” by David Pratt is at once the funniest and most touching book I’ve ever read. Pratt has the gift few writers do: he develops multiple plots and follows each with the same impeccable care and sense of purpose. He is thorough! We readers can’t stop reading because we are so moved by a mix of reality, fantasy, love, sex, and a profound sense that Pratt is taking care of us, looking after us, along the way… not unlike Calvin and Peachy taking care of, looking after Joey. Joey is a young man whose understanding of reality is limited to what one can draw from a porn movie set (not a lot!). All Joey knows is about buff young men having sex around a pool and eating pizza after sex… this boy needs help learning a few things about life, for example, that we get old, fall in love, that our nails grow (believe it or not, Joey didn’t know that!) and that we get sick and that people move away and we can be sad. Joey has a lot to learn! So Calvin and Peachy, two lovely middle-aged guys, devise all sorts of clever ways to help Joey understand and celebrate life. Calvin and Peachy help Joey face common realities (that which many of us watch porn to forget) and end up learning much about their own realities along the way. The details and twists are beautifully rendered and the writing is SUPERB as in Pratt’s first book, “Bob the Book.” I highly recommend this book to all age groups and genders and to straight and gay people alike…if you appreciate good writing, delicious plots, romance, sex and intelligent drama, look after yourself: run to get “Looking After Joey!”

  • Brandon Shire
    2019-01-16 01:11

    Humorous and yet poignant too. A deeper story than one would suspect. Recommended.

  • Emily
    2019-01-24 04:51

    I received this book through Goodreads first-readsFirst off, I want to say that I'm not giving this book any rating because I don't think I was the intended audience for it, and I don't think it's fair to give a bad rating to a book that wasn't written for me.So, what I did read, I was torn on liking. For me, the story went from being good, to bad, to good, to bad. I really liked the beginning, and it seemed to be going great once title character Joey was in our world, but then.... Things just fell apart for me. Joey is basically a mix of a toddler and a puppy; he's naive about everything in our world and he always wants to have sex. It was interesting to see how he learned how to not only be a gay man in New York, but also a properly functioning human being. More than a few times, I myself felt as lost and confused as Joey did.Calvin takes on a parent role with Joey instead of his intended lover role. And sometimes this is very sweet, the way he cares for Joey and comforts him is touching. But his jealousy and bitterness of not being wanted by the porn star he wanted so badly, taints him a bit. There's sometimes where I love him and sometimes where I hate him and just want him to get over it. Peachy. Sassy bitchy Peachy is another love/hate character that I tend to love more often than hate. He's the go-to guy when you need to know anything in gay culture, and he takes on the responsibility of teaching Joey everything he needs to know on gay culture. He can be selfish at times too, but all in all he tries to keep Calvin and Joey on the right track.These things were okay, but... In long conversations between characters, I was lost a lot on who was saying what. I had to re-read several times to keep track.There was a lot of preachiness going on that I was not a fan of. It seemed that some characters would take any chance they could to preach about gay bullying, bad Christians, and persecution. While these things should be brought to attention, they just didn't seem to fit right into the story.There were very poor or no descriptions of things, which made visualizing places very hard, and made it hard to get into the story. There were a lot of foreign or obscure words and phrases used that also hindered my reading experience. The amount of times I had to stop to look up what a word or phrase meant was too much for a book that I'm reading for fun. This also infuriated me when Calvin is trying to understand a man speaking in Latin and had to try and remember his high school Latin to try and communicate. I don't speak Latin. I have never taken a Latin course. I don't know what these Latin words are that I'm reading. It would have helped me so much more if there was a translation. To me it feel like a waste of the author's efforts to translate phrases into Latin for his story only for almost none of his readers to understand what it says... Including the characters.Also the amount of references... SO many. Anywhere from modern pop culture to classic movies, music, and Broadway. There were a lot of gay icons (I'm assuming) referenced but with NO explanation further. I didn't know half of the classic icons and felt lost as to their importance to the the story. It left me frustrated more often than not. One reference was a play they went to see, and the title got a random footnote that really didn't help further my understanding of what I was reading. I would've been just as fine without it, and it really puzzled me why the synopsis of the play warranted a footnote but ALL the other references didn't. I would've much rather seen footnotes for the other movies, plays, actors, musicians, authors, etc.Another thing that irked me was names of places and a lack of descriptive text. Specifically using initials (an example would be MoMA for the Museum of Modern Art). It's fine to shorten the name, but for the benefit of the reader, spelling it out the first time you reference it is going to be more helpful. It took me twenty minutes at least to figure out what MoMA was supposed to be because the full name was never said. Also, characters ended up in places (buildings, cities/city areas) that I had no clue as to what they were supposed to be until maybe two paragraphs in. Telling me Clive went to Zara doesn't paint a picture for me, then all of a sudden he's looking at clothes. Is is a high end clothing store? A thrift shop? A mall? What am I supposed to be seeing?Italics was another issue for me. There were simply too many with too many uses. They were used to identify a title such as The Dark Knight (and a fake music album called Moonsongs of the Spirit Father), they were used for emphasis, and to describe. This made reading more confusing because I couldn't distinguish real references from made up ones. And the phrase huff-puff! was used to describe the poor breathing of an overweight character, but the italics were both inside and outside the quotation marks. Sooooo was the character actually saying "huff-puff!" or was it put there to show the character had to break up his speech pattern to breath?Another character had a habit of saying "Fuck you!" to any noun he found offensive to him. Which, I think was supposed to make him sassy and bitchy like Peachy, but to me just made him sound like he had turrets syndrome. One last irk I had was that texts came through misspelled on smartphones. I find it hard to believe that words would not be autocorrected, either to the proper spelling, or to a different word they would have to then correct.Again, I want to stress that I'm not the intended audience, and it's clear by the other 4 and 5 star reviews that this book has that I'm the only one with these issues. Maybe you're the intended audience and will like it more than I did.Thank you to the author, David Pratt, for giving me with book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Gerhard
    2019-01-12 01:07

    This book has a great premise. Calvin, an ageing and single gay man (which as David Pratt would tell you is a double whammy if you want to be part of the ‘gayristocracy’), inexplicably finds himself inside the world of the porn video he is watching one evening.One man’s heaven is another’s hell; Calvin quickly finds that perfection is rather dull and rote. He manages to return to his circumscribed existence in his rent-controlled apartment in New York City, but with Joey in toe, the man of his dreams. Calvin’s best friend Peachy decides that Joey is their Golden Ticket to crack an invite to the social event of the season, a lavish party thrown by the reigning king of the ‘gayristocracy’ (a dildo-and-lube millionaire; and yes, there are lots of appalling jokes about this).Joey is such a morsel of perfection that Peachy thinks their invites are a slam dunk; at the same time, they can give Joey a crash course in what it means to be gay in the modern world. As I said, a great premise. Unfortunately, the execution is rather uneven, wobbling between gross-out gay humour, maudlin pathos and relentless cynicism – often on the same page.I am thinking of one scene in particular where Calvin does his time slip trick again and ends up in a drinking hole filled with Roman legionnaires talking Latin. He lets himself be picked up by one and goes to his apartment. With Liza Minnelli crooning on the sound system, the Roman looks beseechingly at Calvin before pulling out a hammer and nails.Yes, there is a certain subtext about Calvin feeling an innate need to be ‘punished’ due to his perceived failure as a gay man. However, this scene in particular steps over the boundaries of good taste.And there are various other instances where Pratt does not seem to know where to draw the line: Calvin’s relationship with Joey becomes a complex father-and-son interaction, but when Calvin gives Joey a hug, it gives him a hard-on. Or the ‘disabled sex anthology’ entitled Spasms: Sex for the Differently Abled, which crudely subverts a rather important part of the story.Pratt clearly wants us to take Calvin seriously as he follows a (meandering) path towards redemption and grace. But along the way the author gets sidetracked by his own cleverness and need to wring humour out of every situation, whether bathos or slapstick. This quickly becomes tiresome and irritating.I think that comedy is one of the most difficult things to write. Pratt tries to pull off quite a balancing act here between a genuinely screwball premise and some serious, heartfelt ruminations on life, death and the universe. He only succeeds partially because he is like the clown at an office party who thinks that placing a farting cushion on an unsuspecting person’s chair is the height of hilarity.Still, it is refreshing to read a gay-themed novel that is funny and uplifting at the same time. It might be a half-baked soufflé, with too much sugar in some places, but Pratt has us rooting for the unlikely trio of Peach, Calvin and Joey from the get-go. And that, after all, is what the ‘gayristocracy’ is all about: rendering the unconventional both palatable and beautiful.

  • John
    2018-12-31 04:56

    Gayristocracy: Behind the Scenes How (Not?) To GuideThis delicious book gives a peek of outsiders’ view of how to finagle one’s way into the elusive Manhattan gay elite...Enjoy the antics of Calvin, a mild-mannered accountant, as his late night DVD rental catapults him into a surprising journey of self-inspection, fantasy, and parenthood. Along with his event-planner BFF Peachy, they shuffle from art show to home to neighborhood cafe pondering seemingly everyday things. The surprising addition of a Joey in their lives is a perfect way to remind us what we take for granted. How would you explain concepts such as public transportation and women (gasp!) to someone who has lived all his life in a porn video?Watch Calvin, Peachy, and crew drive the Long Island Expressway to the exclusive mecca of the Fire Island as they, as hoi polloi, get accepted, tho perhaps begrudgingly, as the underlings (help) needed to continue the propagation of the upper echelons’ fabulous lifestyle. Filled with the usual antics (oh what tangled webs) that should resonate with those of us (or those who know people) who have climbed the social/corporate ladders of acceptance.

  • Melanie
    2019-01-23 07:11

    Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5For my full review, visit http://wp.me/p220KL-2lqFrom my review:….Looking After Joey by David Pratt was one of the nicest surprises I've had all month. From the book blurb to the story cover, I thought I was getting a fun, kind of raunchy and wild little tale. I mean, just look at that premise! A man's favorite porn star steps out of the video and into his life, perfect for comedy and tons of hot sex, right? Not exactly. Because David Pratt takes that humerous theme, gives you the anticipated porn sex scenes and superficial comedy one expects and then deepens it all into a story of personal growth, faith, and love of all types. That's the part I never saw coming and that's the elements that made me love this book. For more, visit the link above….For all my reviews and author guest blogs, book tours and contests, visit http://scatteredthoughtsandroguewords...

  • Nathan Burgoine
    2018-12-26 00:12

    Review to come via Out in Print.

  • Paws
    2019-01-20 04:50

    I thought this would be a comedy of errors, what I got was a dissertation on existentialism. Interesting book.

  • KT Spille
    2019-01-16 05:06

    I really wanted to like this book. I think if it had just been the porn star popping out of the tv and confused in the real world it would have been great. However there were all these weird side stories that kept confusing me throughout and then tried to bring them all together in the end, and I didn't care by then. Also who walks into a kidnappers lair and says if you let them go in 15 minutes we won't say anything and the kidnapper does and they don't say anything, nope sorry. But there are endearing moments in this, but I wanted more of Joey's lost boy story.

  • Chris
    2019-01-15 04:56

    "Every one of us, at one time or another, thinks his or her life is like a soap opera. We might even fantasize what it would be like to be a character in one of our favorite stories.For Calvin, the main character in "Looking For Joey," award-winning author David Pratt's delectable comic romance novel, the fantasy becomes a reality when his favorite porn star steps out of the television screen and becomes an actual living, breathing person, as well as a daily reminder to be careful what you wish for.Lonely, single and approaching middle age, Calvin spends his days working as an accountant, enjoying the occasional laugh with his catty best friend, Peachy. Often at night, he relies on the company of make-believe strangers with names like Roddd Packer, Reddy Toole and Jake Trouser Eagle.One particular evening, Calvin awakens to find himself trapped in the sheltered universe of a gay porn movie, where no one works (except occasionally at the gym), everyone is irresistibly hot, despite a strict diet regiment of pizza and beer, and sex is not only constant but seemingly mandatory.Calvin manages to escape, but only after having become better acquainted with a young "actor" of whom he is particularly fond, Joey Rhodes. Unbeknownst to Calvin, Joey follows him back to reality, where he is forced to learn--practically overnight--how to learn to be a gay man in New York City.If you find yourself rolling your eyes upon learning the premise of this novel, fret not, because I shared the same sentiment, but almost instantly, given the author's crisp prose, bristling humor and likeable characters, I was hooked and soon found myself laughing out loud and simultaneously impressed with the originality of the story.More importantly and poignantly, Calvin and Joey's predicament evolves into a tender, heartwarming adventure, during which the clueless, innocent former film star matures into an admirable young gentleman, while his father figure adjusts rather well to playing the role of Henry Higgins.Throughout it all, there is no shortage of dish to feast upon, as Peachy and Calvin attempt to assimilate Joey into the gay high society party scenes of Manhattan and Fire Island, where they cross paths with magnates in the arts, publishing and lubricant (no, that's not a misprint) industries.David Pratt's "Looking After Joey" is a remarkably entertaining, ferociously amusing and surprisingly touching tale of friendship, family and the crazy things we do just to be fabulous."http://www.edgeprovidence.com/enterta...

  • Gay Media Review
    2018-12-27 05:56

    David Pratt's latest novel, Looking After Joey will have you laughing out loud as I did and grab your attention from the very beginning. This is a funny, touching and realistic look into the real gay lifestyle and it was quite refreshing to read. My stomach is still in pain from all the laughing that I endured at the hands of this author. David's writing is so brilliantly done with a beautiful true literate style of writing that I for one couldn't get enough of. Told through the eyes of Calvin, a New York businessman and who is reaching 40 in the worst place to reach that age....the gay community. He is trying very hard to be part of what his friend, Peachy calls gayristocracy. Yes Peachy is one of a kind and he is extremely close to Calvin and their loyalty and friendship will be a very important factor in the basis of this story. Now enters Joey who is the ideal dream boy/hottie for Calvin and a pornstar with such remarkable beauty and Calvin can't stop obsessing about this guy. I won't give much away about Joey as it would spoil much of the story for the readers. This funny and heartfelt story is for anyone who wants to know what its like to be gay today or for every gay man to read. I loved how it poked fun at the endless need to be young and beautiful in the gay scene. Also what drives that anxiety in these gay men who are obsessed in reaching that almost impossible dream of being young and beautiful forever...aka fountain of youth that seem to really inflict the gay community. I give so much credit and respect to this author for his mature and beautiful message that beauty is only skin deep but it's the people around you that make you a truly beautiful person. I can't go on enough about this authors writing and what a complete joy it was to read his smart and intelligent novel...Looking After Joey by David Pratt. I highly and I mean highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves reading about the true gay community, a funny and delightful story and what beauty actually means!!!!"Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review."Reviewed by Paul at Gay Media Reviews

  • Susan
    2019-01-13 02:48

    I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Looking after Joey by David Pratt. It is at once a light-hearted novel with fantasy elements, as well as one that addresses serious social issues. I really appreciated the LOL moments, but loved the richly drawn characters and settings. I found myself rooting for all the protagonists and hoping the villains got their due, which of course they did, although not necessarily in the ways expected. In brief, Calvin (our hero) and Peachy (BFF) wind up with a porn character, Joey, whom they must teach about the real world (or as real as gay NYC ever gets). In their endeavors to get invited to THE Labor Day party, they encounter many nefarious characters, most of them clear caricatures of NYC staple types. While few of the resolutions are predictable, all are satisfying in the end. Certainly the most humorous novel I’ve read this year, so I will look forward to more from Pratt.

  • Jim
    2019-01-07 04:00

    An amusing parable of morals, this 'fish out of water' satire takes on stereotypes of urban gay culture, masculinity, and sexuality. Pratt manages to humanize characters who've fallen out of a DVD porn world, and force the humanity out of Calvin; our protagonist becomes a sort of co-parent to the naive porn actor Joey, who's a horny gay version of 'Mermaid/Pygmalion.'There are perhaps one too many elder-queens with cartoonish names in the story, and Calvin and his friends' obsessive ambition about getting on the guest list for a Fire Island party felt forced (Hey, it's a plot device). The ultimate 'finale' of sorts becoming an amusing but tangent story line about the elusive Jeffrey McGuffin (hello, literary red herring). But overall, the book has a good pace, as a farcical tale that overcomes its faults.

  • D
    2019-01-03 00:57

    Surreal. Most unusual. A different, and most enjoyable read.

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-01-06 06:09

    Quick giveaway for this book on the blog! Run over and enter, ends at the end of the day 9/26/14! http://www.myfictionnook.com/2014/09/...

  • Donald
    2019-01-04 05:10

    A paradiddle of camp, laughs, memorable characters and emotion. Wonderful storytelling!