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Ralph Eckhart meets "Thersites" on the Internet. The manager of a Greenwich Village bookstore and politically to the left, Ralph Agrees to an F2F (face-to-face) meeting with Thersites in Washington, D.C., where his friend Nancy writes speeches for a popular woman senator. With his penchant for Shakespearean drama, Ralph should have seen the elements gathering for tragedy...or farce.Thersites proves to be a young, attractive, and enthusiastic lover. He is also Republican, in the closet, right-wing, and the author of a tell-all book that spreads gossip about several Washington women, including a footnote about a lesbian affair between a speechwriter and a "happily married" senator. In a town where rumors can kill a career, such words may be fatal. And despite his passion, Ralph is disturbed by his new lover's politics...and then stunned at being charged with his murder.Now, in an edgy, seductive, and totally convincing story, Christopher Bram joins dark satire with chilling suspense as Ralph is arrested for first-degree homicide and becomes a "cause" in the gay community. Here Bram's dead-on depiction of gay and straight politics, FBI conspiracies, and sex inside the Beltway taps into our national paranoia and delivers a knock-out punch of truth. GOSSIP is Bram's own "tell-all" book, showing how power corrupts both left and right, and how homophobia still hurts. Already highly accomplished, Bram has topped himself in his latest novel, and readers will find reason not just to applaud but to get up and cheer him on.
"Bram...makes a bold, imaginative leap with considerable skill in this new tale, taking on gay involvement in the '90s Republican comeback in Washington....[A] closely wrought psychological portrait of both a decent man and the sharply divided gay world he inhabits."
"In 'Gossip', [Bram] presents the reader with just the right blend of moral complexities, woven into a plot with a high entertainment quotient. The three days I spent with 'Gossip' were the high point of my month. Every moment I kept wishing I could get away from my own disappointingly unscandalous life and get back to the tantalizing world of his novel....If only more novelists approached their craft with the imagination and skill of Christopher Bram, literature might well achieve what it needs to survive in a world of cyberspace and 'Nightline'--a much larger share of the scandal market."
Robert Plunket, New York Times Book Review, 06/01/1997
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