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O Beautiful

3.24  ·  Rating Details ·  25 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Martin takes the day off from work to make an elaborate meal for his friend Stella and the blind date who could be Martin's match. Matt certainly is charming and good-looking, but -- as both Martin and Stella discover before the entree is served -- he is also straight. Yet by evening's end, Martin is irrevocably drawn to this magnetic, spirited, and unattainable man.
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 6th 2000 by Ballantine Books (first published 1992)
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Katie M.
Oct 22, 2010 Katie M. rated it did not like it
Shelves: queer, 2010
I reached my quota of gay white 1990s NYC novels a long time ago; I really need to learn to stop picking them up because it never ends well for me.
[These notes were made in 1992:]. A first novel from a gay New York journalist, and it has all the punning ease you'd expect from that provenance. I enjoyed Green's style, and particularly his habit of twisting cliché'd phrases - "Be fretful and mortify," "stream of conscience." But he doesn't overdo it, and that's a nice surprise. The story in bald outline is rather a depressing one - a gay theatre designer, rather repressed & pernickety, is introduced by his woman friend Stella (who is a ...more
Nov 04, 2014 Benjamin rated it liked it
Shelves: gay-fiction
Martin, gay, accommodates Matt, straight, Martin, a set designer living in Manhattan, gay, accommodates Matt, straight, tall and handsome, in his flat (and his bed). Matt disrupts Martin’s well organised life, making free with his possessions. Yet Martin falls in love with Matt, and while Matt is happy to accept Martin’s affections the love is unrequited; and so the story proceeds, including Matt’s inevitable departure and the consequences. A pleasant enough read but perhaps not altogether ...more
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