Men on Men 2: Best New Gay Fiction

George Stambolian, Editor, Various, Other Plume Books $9.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-452-26143-3
Stambolian's second anthology of gay fiction, representing 18 writers, reveals a broad range of subjects and settings: a gay man reflects on his pained relations with his father in Gary Glickman's moving and graceful ``Magic''; Joseph Pintauro's ``Jungle Dove'' focuses on straight male prisoners coerced into sex with each other; a married, bisexual schools superintendent narrates Allan Gurganus's ``Adult Art.'' Sadly but inevitably, AIDS, along with New York City's gay community, is central to many stories, among the best of which are ``Solidarity,'' a previously unpublished work by Albert Innaurato, and Christopher Davis's ``The Boys in the Bars.'' Yet Stambolian's promise of mainstream appeal is unlikely. The collective misogyny is offensive and the literary merit of perhaps a third of these pieces is insufficient to command the attention of readers without ties to gay culture. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/03/1988
Release date: 11/01/1988
Paperback - 371 pages - 978-0-452-26402-1
Hardcover - 371 pages - 978-0-453-00635-4
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