ANDREW AND JOEY

Jamie James, Author . Kensington $23 (272p) ISBN 978-0-7582-0106-5

A year's worth of melodramatic correspondence between friends, family and lovers comprises travel writer James's pedestrian first novel. It consists of e-mails to, from and about Andrew Tan and Joey Breaux, whose 14-year relationship relocates from Greenwich Village to Indonesia when Joey receives a grant to create a dance production in Bali. Asian spitfire Andrew, ever the doting boyfriend, follows with a trepidation he keeps to himself, but soon admits his reservations to flamboyant mutual friend and theater critic Phyllis. It's not long before Joey beds Wayan, a 19-year-old Balinese dancer in his troupe, and shacks up with him in spite of his time-tested romance with Andrew. Once news of the affair is leaked into cyberspace, the scornful opinions from parents, friends and several industry advisers flood the in-box. And the drama is compounded by Joey's decision to present a man/boy love-themed dance production based on the controversial life of Walter Spies, an early 20th-century German choreographer. Can Joey pull off the contentious production, garner fame and the beginnings of a reputable career, and still have time to mend his relationship with Andrew? Will readers stick around to find out? The gossipy antics and jumble of Web addresses multiply in the novel's second half, and it all wears thin long before the perky protagonists have a chance to make up or break up, while heading for the unconventionally rebellious ending. Though James's well-intentioned effort has some worthy moments—usually courtesy of Phyllis—it's really just a gay beach book way out of season. (Feb. 12)

Reviewed on: 01/07/2002
Release date: 02/01/2002
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.