In six stories, Au Bon Pain follows a young, gay Colorado man from confused college student to established literary editor.
In “Straight People and Their Problems,” Gabe struggles with his attraction to one of his male roommates while getting ever more entangled with a pretty, pregnant party girl.
In “Forgive Me, Father,” Gabe hurries home to his parents’ working-class suburb, sure his cancer-stricken father is already dead. On his way, he agonizes over his father’s destructive role in Gabe’s romance with his African-American boyfriend.
Working in Europe, Gabe runs into a former college friend. Seduced by Paris’ light and heat, and despite her engagement, he falls “Half in Love” with her. Gabe escapes to Barcelona and smack into an affair with an aging male model, only to learn he really can’t escape what he felt in Paris.
In his first career -- as an airport security representative -- Gabe travels the globe in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. As a hoax on his boss, he composes phony “Postcards from Condi Rice” only to discover he may be on the receiving end of a much more complicated and dangerous deception.
Now established as an editor, Gabe again confronts raw power when “The Archbishop Comes for Gabriel.” When he protests the homophobic exclusion of his friends’ child from a Catholic preschool, Gabe must face the Archbishop’s passion and ruthlessness.
Web research leads Gabe to rediscover his first boyfriend, lost decades ago and now a renowned scientist. “Au Bon Pain” unfolds in the rendezvous spot where Gabe finally learns the true reason for their cruel and sudden break-up.
Naïve, virginal, and sexually confused, Gabe Mangan evolves through these six stories with the gains and losses of love and livelihood. Even as he succeeds, Gabe wrestles with self-delusion and misconceptions across every stage of adulthood.
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