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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  120 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Ralph Eckhart meets "Thersites" on the Internet. The manager of a Greenwich Village bookstore and politically to the left, Ralph agrees to an F2F (face-to-face) meeting with Thersites in Washington, D.C., where his friend Nancy writes speeches for a popular woman senator. With his penchant for Shakespearean drama, Ralph should have seen the elements gathering for tragedy.. ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Plume (first published 1997)
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I really enjoyed the writing and introspection in this book.
Ralph Eckhart is a thirty something assistant manager in a New York bookstore, he’s gay, out, left wing and aware. He leads a fairly contended, ordinary and unadventurous life until that is he encounters William O’Connor in an internet chat room. They meet up and enjoy each others company. Is it love Ralph feels for the younger, baby-faced and apparently successful Bill? Whatever it is they get on well together despite their divergent political views and the fact that Bill is still in the closet ...more
I'm a fan of Mr. Bram and there are some interesting elements to this quasi mystery, but; ultimately, the story seems to go off in so many directions that it simply falls apart.
Michael Soros
I bought this book because I had read ‘Hold Tight’ by the same author. I found that book completely engrossing and thought that maybe lightening may strike in the same place twice. It did – and it didn’t.

This particular novel has no connection with the plot of ‘Hold Tight’. They could almost be written by two different people – both excellent writers but with no connection to one another. It was published in 1997 but it may as well have been yesterday. The issues seem perennial and the same peop

AKA: A Gay Republican is an Oxymoron

Ralph is an assistant manager of a bookstore. He met Bill on-line in a gay chat room. They decide to meet F2F (face to face) and start a relationship. They couldn’t be more opposite of each other. Bill is a right wing, closeted Republican and author of a book slamming Hillary Clinton and women in general. Ralph is a open and out gay man; his best friend is a speech writer for an out spoken Democratic senator. After Bill comes out on national TV
Jul 19, 2014 Mark rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Too long; too disjointed. A disappointing book after having read a couple others by the author.
This is my third Christopher Bram book, and though he's completely readable, I still haven't been taken with his writing like so many other people. They always end up disappointing me.
Mr. Bram writes unique stories as a platform for his thoughtful perception of the human condition. I am always surprised and delighted with his books.
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Bram grew up in Kempsville, Virginia. After graduating from the College of William and Mary in 1974 (B.A. in English), he moved to New York City four years later. There, he met his lifelong partner, documentary filmmaker Draper Shreeve.

Bram's novel Father of Frankenstein, about film director James Whale, was made into the movie Gods and Monsters starring Ian McKellen and Brendan Fraser. Bill Condo
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