The prettiest star

by Sickels, Carter,

Format: Print Book 2020
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One of 2020's most acclaimed books. A Kirkus Best Fiction Book of 2020 * One of O Magazine's Best LGBT Books of 2020 * A Finalist for the Southern Book Prize * One of the Women's National Book Association's 2020 Great Group Reads Selections * EW's 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2020 * BookRiot * Lambda Literary's * Salon * BookPage's * Garden & Gun's * Logo NewNowNext's

In this "brutally fresh kind of homecoming novel," (Entertainment Weekly) Brian Jackson returns to his small Appalachian hometown and the family who rejected him. Carter Sickels's stunning literary achievement "deserves a place in the canon of AIDS literature alongside the likes of Larry Kramer and Rebecca Makkai" (Los Angeles Review of Books).

The story of Brian's return to small-town Ohio is told in a chorus of voices: Brian's mother Sharon; his fourteen-year-old sister, Jess, as she grapples with her brother's mysterious return; and the video diaries Brian makes to document his final summer. Written in prose that seeks "to answer without flinching away from ugliness and without demonizing the ignorant" (Salon), The Prettiest Star offers an urgent portrait of a family in the center of a national crisis, in order to tell a unique story about the politics and fragility of the body, and to explore the bounds of family and redemption.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Sickels' (The Evening Hour, 2012) heart-wrenching novel shows how the 1980s AIDS crisis affects one young man and his family. Hailing from small-town Ohio, Brian dreams of making art and getting the hell out of there. His hometown, where kids play "smear the queer" and the pastor preaches the sins of homosexuality, is no place to come out. But after six years in New York, and the deaths of many of his friends and his boyfriend, he returns home diagnosed HIV-positive. His parents, Sharon and Travis, wash his dinnerware and clothes separately and refuse to tell anyone, including his younger sister, Jess. Brian's grandmother, one of the only people to treat him normally, still believes he is going to get better. As small-town news travels, Brian is vilified, accused of trying to spread AIDS, refused dentist and doctor visits, and shunned, and it tears apart his once close-knit family. The alternating narrators of Brian, Sharon, and Jess are fleshed out in all of their complexities and contradictions. This immersive, tragic book will stay with readers."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "A man dying of AIDS returns home to Chester, Ohio, from 1986 New York City in this heartfelt novel from Sickels (The Evening Hour). Brian, a documentary filmmaker whose boyfriend recently died, leaves behind the "ghosts" of the West Village for Chester, "to be seen, to be accepted, and to be loved." As paranoia and fear around the AIDS epidemic escalates, Brian's family finds themselves the targets of malicious gossip and ostracizing, and Brian's presence changes how his sister, Jess; mother, Sharon; father, Travis; and grandmother Lettie relate to each other and to their friends and neighbors. Brian gains additional support from Annie, his best friend from New York and a very out lesbian, who flies to Chester to help brace him from the homophobic taunts endured by him and his family as he documents his experience on video. After Brian feels he's bringing too much trouble to his family, he moves in with a new friend, who eventually invites Brian's grandmother, Lettie, to come and care for him after his condition worsens. Sickels is at his best in his characters' most painful moments, poignantly revealing Lettie's regret of offering Brian too little, too late. This tragic story of AIDS and violent homophobia stands out by showing the transcendent power of queer communities to make their voices endure through art. Agent: PJ Mark, Janklow & Nesbit Associates. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects AIDS (Disease) -- Patients -- United States -- Fiction.
AIDS (Disease) -- Social aspects -- Fiction.
Gay men -- Fiction.
Gay men -- Family relationships -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Small cities -- Appalachian Region -- Fiction.
Nineteen eighties -- Fiction.
Appalachian Region -- Fiction.
Gay fiction.
Historical fiction.
Social problem fiction.
Publisher Spartanburg, SC :2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 295 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 294).
ISBN 9781938235627
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