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Hard by [Wayne Hoffman]
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Length: 342 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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''Hoffman's brisk, chatty prose makes for fun reading, and best of all, the lively, well-rendered characters and their interpersonal dialogue feels genuine...Perfect for summer reading, Hoffman's spirited debut is explicitly erotic, likable and satisfying.'' --Bay Area Reporter

''Hard is smart, fast-paced, raunchy and funny, a sexy comic strip of a novel about the way gay men live now. It's Faggots 25 years later, but nimbler, more accurate, more generous and much, much wiser. --Christopher Bram

''A quick-paced debut that neatly straddles the fence between politics and porn. By turns erotic and vulnerable, playful and deadly serious, Hard is refreshingly easy to like.'' --Aaron Hamburger

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Taking place over the course of a single year, Hard periodically stops the action to delve into the sexual psyche of its main characters, exploring what motivates them, what turns them on, what defines their identity — what makes them hard. As Faggots explored the 1970s sexual universe of gay men in New York, Hard takes a serious look a generation later, taking readers into adult theaters, online chat rooms, bedrooms, and into the minds of the gay men who have sex there. But while Faggots was written before AIDS, the characters in Hard are very much affected by the epidemic: Frank lost his lover to the disease, Gene is HIV-positive, Aaron's lover unwittingly puts them both in danger, and Moe's sexual politics are deeply informed by AIDS. There's nobody in Hard who hasn't had his sexuality and politics shaped by the epidemic. There's also a motley crew of activists and sex partners, co-workers and family members, porn stars and B-list celebrities. The complex web of characters and subplots create a rich portrait of New York in the 1990s. And, like Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City, Hard does it with edgy humor, snappy dialogue, and a scene-driven episodic structure.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 863 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0786716606
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bear Bones Books, an imprint of Lethe Press (20 April 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00WGP3RK2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #445,529 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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