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Boys Like Us

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"I lose people. Friends, family, lovers. Sometimes they come back; sometimes not, " says Zero Macnoo, the narrator of "Boys Like Us," a remarkable comedy about life, love, and friendship in the age of AIDS. Zero, who left Arkansas for the cool contemporary tones of Toronto gay life, is perplexed by the curveballs of fate. His best friend has been diagnosed with AIDS, and Z ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published February 15th 1992 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 1991)
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[These notes made in 1992; I read the Toronto HarperCollins edition of 1991:]. I knew Peter very slightly: a sadly mischievous, wry little man who spent some time at the Gay Archives when I worked there in 89/90. He was only 36 when he died last year of AIDS. It is therefore something of a temptation to sentimentalize one's reaction to his novel, something he - given his unsentimental work - would doubtless have regarded with horror. The novel is brief, fast reading, and often smile-provoking. O ...more
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Sep 28, 2015 Adam Dunn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I laughed out loud in a few parts, which was good, but the book was as light as air. The plot, details and characters all seem to float quickly away.
The main good point of the book is the setting in the late 1980's/early 1990's of Toronto gay life and that comes through well with characters going to Boots and staying at the Selby Hotel. The book takes places in and around AIDS, not because of AIDS, which I also enjoyed. These people are living, not dying.
In an effort to create a book not weighte
Jan 10, 2011 Dazed rated it liked it
A fast read (less than 24 hours, start to finish, with sleeping in between) and an interesting look into the life of gay men in Toronto (and Arkansas) in the 1980s/early 1990s. Very heavy on the dialogue, which made it very different from most books I read. Having recently processed the Peter McGehee fonds at work, this semi-autobiographical account of his life was particularly fascinating to me. I'm surprised I didn't encounter it in any of my gender studies-type classes but I'm also glad I rea ...more
Mar 29, 2014 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
Haven't re-read McGehee's classic in a while - still holds up beautiful as a powerful portrait of Toronto's gay community circa 1988 - wonderful laugh-out-loud hilarity mixed with a dash of tragedy and a poignant sprinkling of sweetness as McGehee draws us into the midst of the lives of Zero McNoo and his pals - friendships, love, family and AIDS - quite a cocktail
John Treat
Jul 25, 2016 John Treat rated it liked it
An often very funny book, but oddly two unrelated stories, one in Toronto and the other in Arkansas. Somewhat surprised it was published by (the now defunct) St. Martin's Press, which usually went for better written books. I hope Randy is still with us, and well.
Sep 23, 2009 Sarah added it
I felt like I understood this novel only because I've been reading up on issues gay men deal with; very little resonated because of the writing.
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Apr 28, 2015 William Freeman rated it liked it
Light heart ed over the top campy was a fun read ending a little weak
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Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Frank Thomas and Julia Ann May McGehee, Peter moved with his family to Little Rock when he was six. He was the second of three children. McGehee played the trombone at Parkview High School in Little Rock where he graduated in 1973. McGehee studied at Southern Methodist University in Dallas before moving to San Francisco to work in theatre where he graduated from the ...more
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