Rat bohemia

by Schulman, Sarah, 1958-

Format: Print Book 1995
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Schulman
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Fiction Stacks
Call Number  FICTION Schulman
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The sadness of gay and lesbian children rejected by their parents pervades Schulman's new novel. Far older than their years, numbed by the deaths of friends and lovers from AIDS, these young people shuffle through lives of truncated expectation. Guarded and cynical, they yet are always on the lookout for some love to compensate for withheld parental affection. Schulman writes from the perspectives of three characters: Rita, a rat exterminator for the city of New York, whose widowed father threw her out at age 16 when he found her in bed with another girl; David, dying of AIDS, whose father wants praise for at least letting his gay son in the house; and Killer, Rita's best friend, whose only current job is watering office plants. Counterbalancing the book's bleakness is the stubborn life force that enables the protagonists to persist and to hope for reconciliation, maybe not in their lifetime, but for future disowned gay and lesbian youth. --Whitney Scott"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Parental abandonment is the theme of this dreary tale of gay and lesbian life on the edge in New York City. Rita Mae Weems, whose father kicked her out at the age of 16, still hears the disappointment in his voice when she phones him years later. She works as a rat exterminator for the city's Department of Health, and everywhere she looks she sees decay and vermin, both human and animal. Her friend David, a young writer dying of AIDS, spends his last months mourning his dead lover and his dead friends and meditating on why his parents hate him. Pondering the narrow boundaries of parental love, he observes that ``they're glad we're dying... really they're relieved.'' Killer, their chronically unemployed friend, is more philosophical, if also more simplistic. ``We're bohemians,'' she says proudly. ``We don't have those dominant cultural values.'' Indeed, these three would refuse to fit into the mainstream, even if the mainstream were generous. And they're united in their scorn of Muriel Kay Starr, a lesbian writer who ``moved to another neighborhood and got closer to power'' and wrote a closeted novel called Good and Bad, in which they (David, Killer and Rita) appear as characters. For no apparent reason, Schulman (Empathy) tacks on, as an ``appendix,'' the first four chapters of Good and Bad. Very little binds this ``appendix'' to the four other sections that comprise the novel; in fact, very little, other than the presence of the principal characters and a theme of resentment of parents, binds the other four sections to each other. Only the dying David, ironically, seems alive, animated by his rage at his impending death. His loneliness and eloquent anguish only partially salvage this meandering tale of a city so befouled that it leaves the reader wishing for a bath. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Lesbians -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Families -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Dutton,1995
Language English
Description vii, 232 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN 0525937900
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