The Prettiest Star by Carter Sickels download
The haunting novel about family boundaries and birth illuminates the sudden onset of the AIDS epidemic when men return to their homeland to die, and American Literary Award-winning author Carter Sickels.
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The best of Carter Sickel Star makes it clear from his introductory sentences that many of the queer stories have gone unnoticed. Here, a person returns to a town in the southern Ohio area at a time when his daily life is in danger.
The Ride of a Lifetime by Love does not come to the rescue, nor to family and friends who are supported by his presence. Nothing changes, no magic, says one character, and while it’s dark in these words, their underground beauty does much to convey why this novel feels poignant, influential, rebellious and real.
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The small town of Appalachia has nothing to do with it, but that’s where Brian comes from, where his family is from and he chose to return to die.
At the age of eighteen, Brian, like many other promising young men, arrived in New York City with no love beyond the freedom and liberation of the past as he had promised. But within six short years, AIDS is claiming its partner, friends and future. With nothing left in New York but reminiscences of death, Brian decides to write a letter to his mother asking to return to a place with his family, when one was desperate for an escape.
Set in 1986, a year after Rock Hudson’s death, shifted public awareness of the epidemic to bring AIDS information into living rooms and kitchens across America, The Best of the Stars is part of Dogs by Mark Doty and Tell Wolves Im Home by Carol Rifka Brown. But it’s also a fast story now: it’s a novel about body politics and weakness; is a novel about sex and shame. And it is a novel that addresses the question of what is meant by house and family as we seek to create life in a world that can be difficult and unpredictable. It is written with great love and understanding and zero in time when these two energies reach each other and sometimes they touch each other..
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