Boys Like Us

Boys Like Us

Peter McGehee / Jan 23, 2020
Boys Like Us I lose people Friends family lovers Sometimes they come back sometimes not says Zero Macnoo the narrator of Boys Like Us a remarkable comedy about life love and friendship in the age of AIDS Ze
  • Title: Boys Like Us
  • Author: Peter McGehee
  • ISBN: 9780312069131
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Paperback
  • I lose people Friends, family, lovers Sometimes they come back sometimes not, says Zero Macnoo, the narrator of Boys Like Us, a remarkable comedy about life, love, and friendship in the age of AIDS Zero, who left Arkansas for the cool contemporary tones of Toronto gay life, is perplexed by the curveballs of fate His best friend has been diagnosed with AIDS, and Z I lose people Friends, family, lovers Sometimes they come back sometimes not, says Zero Macnoo, the narrator of Boys Like Us, a remarkable comedy about life, love, and friendship in the age of AIDS Zero, who left Arkansas for the cool contemporary tones of Toronto gay life, is perplexed by the curveballs of fate His best friend has been diagnosed with AIDS, and Zero is frantic to organize a circle of support In the midst of this, Zero is called back to Arkansas for his mother s second marriage and has to confront the zany array of crazed Southerners he calls family.Funny, bittersweet, outrageous, and moving, Zero s adventures suggest that while God is unfathomable, she must have a deep sense of humor.
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    About "Peter McGehee"

      • Peter McGehee

        Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Frank Thomas and Julia Ann May McGehee, Peter moved with his family to Little Rock when he was six He was the second of three children McGehee played the trombone at Parkview High School in Little Rock where he graduated in 1973 McGehee studied at Southern Methodist University in Dallas before moving to San Francisco to work in theatre where he graduated from the University of San Francisco While living in San Francisco, he wrote his first play and first comedic musical revue The Quinlan Sisters that is where he later met Canadian activist Douglas Wilson, who became his partner He moved to Saskatoon in 1980 to be with Douglas, and subsequently the couple moved to Toronto in 1982.He published his first novella, Beyond Happiness in 1985 and premiered his second revue, The Fabulous Sirs in 1987.In 1988, McGehee and Wilson were both diagnosed HIV positive McGehee subsequently wrote two novels, Boys Like Us and Sweetheart, and a book of short stories, The IQ Zoo Boys Like Us was published in 1991, shortly before McGehee s death of AIDS related causes Sweetheart and The IQ Zoo were both published posthumously.Using notes that McGehee had written in preparation for his third novel, Wilson subsequently wrote Labour of Love before his own death in 1992 That novel was published in 1993.

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    1. These notes made in 1992 I read the Toronto HarperCollins edition of 1991 I knew Peter very slightly a sadly mischievous, wry little man who spent some time at the Gay Archives when I worked there in 89 90 He was only 36 when he died last year of AIDS It is therefore something of a temptation to sentimentalize one s reaction to his novel, something he given his unsentimental work would doubtless have regarded with horror The novel is brief, fast reading, and often smile provoking One guesses tha [...]


    2. I laughed out loud in a few parts, which was good, but the book was as light as air The plot, details and characters all seem to float quickly away.The main good point of the book is the setting in the late 1980 s early 1990 s of Toronto gay life and that comes through well with characters going to Boots and staying at the Selby Hotel The book takes places in and around AIDS, not because of AIDS, which I also enjoyed These people are living, not dying.In an effort to create a book not weighted d [...]


    3. A fast read less than 24 hours, start to finish, with sleeping in between and an interesting look into the life of gay men in Toronto and Arkansas in the 1980s early 1990s Very heavy on the dialogue, which made it very different from most books I read Having recently processed the Peter McGehee fonds at work, this semi autobiographical account of his life was particularly fascinating to me I m surprised I didn t encounter it in any of my gender studies type classes but I m also glad I read it no [...]


    4. Haven t re read McGehee s classic in a while still holds up beautiful as a powerful portrait of Toronto s gay community circa 1988 wonderful laugh out loud hilarity mixed with a dash of tragedy and a poignant sprinkling of sweetness as McGehee draws us into the midst of the lives of Zero McNoo and his pals friendships, love, family and AIDS quite a cocktail


    5. An often very funny book, but oddly two unrelated stories, one in Toronto and the other in Arkansas Somewhat surprised it was published by the now defunct St Martin s Press, which usually went for better written books I hope Randy is still with us, and well.


    6. I felt like I understood this novel only because I ve been reading up on issues gay men deal with very little resonated because of the writing.



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