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Let's Get Back to the Party

Let's Get Back to the Party

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**A Most-Anticipated Book of 2021: BuzzFeed * The Millions * Cosmopolitan * Electric Literature * LGBTQ Reads * 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.
Publisher: 2021
ISBN: 9781643751146
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Let us get back to the party

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brangwinn
Feb 16, 2021

While characters were engaging, I struggled with the formatting of Sebastian’s section. Why did Oscar’s chapters use quotation marks when someone spoke, and Sebastian’s didn’t? As a part of the emerging gay genre and recognizing the issues of marriage for gays. What I most enjoyed was the focus on what it was like to be a gay man today. Despite my irritation at the quotations marks, I am giving high marks to this book because it gives two different viewpoints on the marriage of two husbands and settling down to a happy domestic life

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