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Together Forever

Eric Marcus

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ISBN 10: 0385488750 / ISBN 13: 9780385488754
Published by Doubleday, 1998
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Title: Together Forever

Publisher: Doubleday

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: very good

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In Together Forever: Gay and Lesbian Marriage, Eric Marcus takes us into the lives of forty couples who have been together for at least nine and as many as fifty years. From the high desert of southern California to the cliffs of northern New Jersey, Eric Marcus tells the stories of this diverse group of people who have welcomed him into their modest apartments, comfortable houses, and double-wide trailers.

Together Forever examines how these couples have successfully built happy, fulfilling lives. We learn how they met, how they've overcome their differences, survived through the rough spots, and stood up to the outside pressures and antigay prejudices that continue to threaten them. We see the couples' surprisingly close and at times estranged relationships with their families, children, grandchildren, neighbors, and colleagues. And, finally, we understand that a gay marriage is just as viable as any other--messy, complex, and inestimably rewarding.

Not just the first comprehensive look at gay marriage from the ground up, this is the kind of rewarding and compulsively readable nonfiction that can truly cross boundaries. And, as the debate over this highly controversial issue rages on, Together Forever will be a must-read for gay men and lesbians--as well as the friends and families struggling to support them.


Just because gay men and lesbians are denied the right to get married under the law does not mean that there have not been gay "marriages": committed, sustained, emotional and physical relationships. In Together Forever, journalist Eric Marcus interviews 40 gay and lesbian couples who have maintained decades-long relationships and presents us with a complex tapestry of love, desire, and friendship that is as stirring as it is heartwarming, as invigorating as it is moving. While Together Forever contains much of what you might expect--coming-out stories, meeting-cute stories, tales of horrific homophobic cruelty, and just-folks-at-home images--Marcus is an astute enough writer and interviewer that the individual tales are always surprising. He is also not a single-minded booster for idealized, perfect relationships. Many of the couples here talk about their hard times with one another as well as their struggles with work and family. A compelling theme running through the book is how sexuality shapes and informs long term relationships. Questions of fidelity, open relationships, and monogamy surface in these interviews, discussed with honesty and a rare understanding and compassion. Written with a incisive eye for detail and an ear for the quirky phase and insight, Together Forever is a welcomed addition to the ever-increasing wealth of materials on the complexity and courage of gay and lesbian relationships. --Michael Bronski

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