0345383346 Dj blurbs by Dennis Cooper, Hubert Selby, Jr., Charles Baxter, etc. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: "GENTLE AND FUNNY...From the first chapter...to the very touching ending, The Genius Of Desire is a good story worth telling."
--San Francisco Chronicle
Michael Bellman is not your average little boy. He speaks to plates, banisters, and other household objects (preferring them to people). He frequently confesses to sins he never committed (like adultery). And he's hopelessly drawn to the romantic notion of a secret, double life.
Michael spends summers in Monsalvat, Michigan, coming of age in a loving tangle of great aunts, great uncles, cousins once-removed (but ever-present), and one tough-looking, silently scary grandmother. The Kaisers are a wild, highly eccentric bunch: Great Uncle Jimmy speaks to his dead wife during meals and proudly proclaims himself the Fattest Man in the World; Cousin Anne torments and taunts Michael beyond endurance; reckless Cousin Tommy secretly smokes cigars and can't wait to "kick butt in 'Nam"--and Michael watches every magical move he makes.
A few years and one driver's license later, as family alliances change and long-silent desires surface, Michael begins to understand his attraction to the double life because he's living one--at roadside rest stops, in library washrooms and public parks. Coming out is the first step, coming to terms is the next....
"[A] DEEPLY FELT FIRST NOVEL of childhood and adolescence...by a cool and philosophical young writer."
"WONDERFULLY INTELLIGENT...An auspicious debut: wise, funny, and courageous."
--Charles Baxter, Author of Shadow Play
From the Trade Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly:
A gay teenager comes out to his eccentric Catholic family in this affecting look at the 1970s.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Title: The Genius of Desire
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: 1993
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition
Book Description Ballantine Books, 1993. Condition: Good. 1st. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP97373060
Book Description Random House Publishing Group. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. The spine remains undamaged. An ex-library book and may have standard library stamps and/or stickers. The dust jacket is missing. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0345383346I4N11
Book Description Ballantine Books, 1993. Condition: Very Good. 1st. Ships from the UK. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP102035536
Book Description Ballantine Books, 1993. Befriedigend/Good: Durchschnittlich erhaltenes Buch bzw. Schutzumschlag mit Gebrauchsspuren, aber vollständigen Seiten. / Describes the average WORN book or dust jacket that has all the pages present. Seller Inventory # M00345383346-G
Book Description Ballantine Books, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include companion materials, some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include cdrom or access codes. Customer service is our top priority!. Seller Inventory # S_221483510
Book Description Ballantine Books, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include companion materials, some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include cdrom or access codes. Customer service is our top priority!. Seller Inventory # S_239382084
Book Description BALLANTINE BOOKS, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. HARDCOVER Legendary independent bookstore online since 1994. Reliable customer service and no-hassle return policy. Book in excellent condition. DJ is worn. Gay and Lesbian>Fiction and Poetry>Mens Fiction. Book: USED, Good. Dust Jacket: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # 17978034538334102. Seller Inventory # 17978034538334102
Book Description Ballantine Books, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Minor corner bumping. Light edge wear to the dust jacket. Otherwise a clean, unmarked copy. Seller Inventory # 000501
Book Description BALLANTINE BOOKS, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. HARDCOVER Legendary independent bookstore online since 1994. Reliable customer service and no-hassle return policy. General. Book: USED, Good. Dust Jacket: Good. Bookseller Inventory # 01978034538334102. Seller Inventory # 01978034538334102
Book Description Ballantine Books, New York, NY, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. (full book description) Ballantine Books, New York, NY, 1993. 1st Edition 1st Printing, Fine/VG+, Hard Cover, w/Dust Jacket. Size=5.5"x8.5", 274pgs. DJ lightly browned along the inside at top edges and at top edges of flaps, o.w. clean, bright and tight. No ink names, tears, chips, etc. Price unclipped. ISBN 0345383346 SELLING WORLDWIDE SINCE 1987. WE PACK WITH GREAT CARE, 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES!. Book. Seller Inventory # CONROY212240I