Let's get back to the party

by Salih, Zak, 1982-

Format: Print Book 2021
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Summary
A Most-Anticipated Book of 2021: BuzzFeed * The Millions * Cosmopolitan * Electric Literature * LGBTQ Read s * Paperback Paris
One of Advocate 's "22 LGBTQ+ Books You Absolutely Need to Read This Year"

"An intimate saga that brims with necessary conversations about cultural identity."​ -- O, The Oprah Magazine, "32 LGBTQ Books That Will Change the Literary Landscape in 2021"

It is 2015, weeks after the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling, and all Sebastian Mote wants is to settle down. A high school art history teacher, newly single and desperately lonely, he envies his queer students their freedom to live openly the youth he lost to fear and shame.

When he runs into his childhood friend Oscar Burnham at a wedding in Washington, D.C., he can't help but see it as a second chance. Now thirty-five, the men haven't seen each other in more than a decade. But Oscar has no interest in their shared history, nor in the sense of be­longing Sebastian craves. Instead, he's outraged by what he sees as the death of gay culture: bars overrun with bachelorette parties, friends cou­pling off and having babies. For Oscar, confor­mity isn't peace, it's surrender.

While Oscar and Sebastian struggle to find their place in a rapidly changing world, each is drawn into a cross-generational friendship that treads the line between envy and obsession: Se­bastian with one of his students, Oscar with an older icon of the AIDS era. And as they collide again and again, both men must reckon not just with one another but with themselves.

Provocative, moving, and rich with sharply drawn characters, Let's Get Back to the Party in­troduces an exciting and contemporary new talent.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Set in 2015, after the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States, this poignant and poetic debut novel brings together Sebastian and Oscar, two long-lost friends who have a chance meeting at a wedding, as they sort out their conflicting views on relationships, settling down, and, ultimately, what it means to be queer. Sebastian, an introspective high-school teacher who is still reeling from the recent end of a three-year relationship, develops an obsessive friendship with a student, while Oscar, who has no interest in long-term relationships, meets an older queer writer whose work fuels his own party-and-sex-filled desires. Though Sebastian and Oscar's perspectives sometimes lack nuance and are at points hard to empathize with, in their juxtaposition readers will find a compelling exploration of the experiences of queer people from different generations as two modern-day gay men figure out whether they want to conform to traditional views of relationships and marriage or break free entirely."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The shifting landscape for gay men in America animates Salih's heartfelt debut. In 2015, with gay marriage protected by the Supreme Court, 30-something Virginia high school art teacher Sebastian Mote wouldn't mind a life of domesticity, but he's just broken up with his boyfriend of three years. After the suicide of a gay student, Sebastian devotes himself to his students, especially 17-year-old Arthur, whose open sexuality Sebastian secretly envies while he works to make the school more LGBTQ inclusive. Sebastian hopes that luck has finally favored him when, at a wedding, he bumps into Oscar Burnham, a friend from childhood. But Oscar laments the end of a hedonistic lifestyle and complains that every gay man he knows is "a victim of marriage fever now." The closest Oscar comes to the life he pines for is in his friendship with Sean Stokes, an author in his 60s famous for books that document the abandon of previous decades. There's a varied cast, though many of the support players come across as generic: an uncle disapproving of him expressing his gay identity, the loving but conflicted mother, and so on. But Sebastian's and Oscar's twinned dilemmas add fascinating complexity to the goings on. The party may be changing, but reasons for celebration remain, as evidenced by Salih's passionate evocation. (Feb.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects High school teachers -- Fiction.
Gay men -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Self-realization -- Fiction.
Gay fiction.
Social problem fiction.
Publisher Chapel Hill, North Carolina :2021
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Let us get back to the party
Language English
Description 278 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781616209575
1616209577
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