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Sacred Lips of the Bronx

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  43 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Taking the gay novel into totally uncharted terrain, Sacred Lips of the Bronx explores AIDS activism, Jewish folklore, kinky sex, the California New Age, and the streets of the Bronx. The story centers around Mikey and Robert, a young bohemian couple in post-riot Los Angeles whose open marriage is souring. As Mikey's whole world collapses, his past - led by his dead grandm ...more
Paperback, 307 pages
Published June 1st 1995 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1994)
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Pete Dematteo
Jun 17, 2015 Pete Dematteo rated it really liked it
the book was the memoir of a nice Jewish kid from the 161st Street area. the dates didn't coordinate, because in the late 70's, the area was completely unsafe and lacked nice white ethnic family people. this may have been 15 or 20 years earlier. it continues with bi-chapter descriptions as his life as a physically grown bohemian in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, (whoo-hoo!!) doing the whole sunshine dance by seeing weird psychiatrists, eating organic food, and allowing a trampy young WASP boyfriend ...more
Danni Squanafornia
Mar 09, 2013 Danni Squanafornia rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing account of a young mans struggle to understand and come to terms with who and what he is. The author (my brother btw) challenges the reader to look past societal norms and create and accept the path that is right for our self. This novel helped me to understand and appreciate the gay community for individual thoughts, cultures, and plights at an early age, not simply a stereo type.

This is a must read for anyone who is struggling to understand their own sexuality or for those t
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Julian
Nov 18, 2008 Julian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay-fiction
I loved this book. Really, not much more to say. Jewish gay boy bildungsroman, non-linear time frame. The diagesis is amazing in this novel. The switching between present and past creates a lovely frame for the modern plotline. I wasn't so hot on the ending, but the characters sold it for me. They seemed to breath. I rather fell in love with some of them.
David Jay
Aug 23, 2007 David Jay rated it really liked it
Lovely story of gay Jewish man in his 30s dealing with his present lover, a performance artist/Aids activist and their relationship, and his memories of a teenage love affair he had during his high school years in the Bronx. The writing is poetic. Excellent.
Patrick Santana
Oct 14, 2011 Patrick Santana rated it did not like it
Overblown. Ridiculous, unbearable characters -- many unbelievable. The sex scenes seem false. Reads like porn dialog except it's about AIDS activism. Politically correct in the worst way.
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