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Closet Case

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  286 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
A brash, outrageous novel from the irresistible author of Fag Hag. Lionel Frank is a man as desperate to conceal his homosexuality from his ad agency colleagues as he is to indulge it at night. But poor Lionel is playing the straight man in a world where every success takes him one step closer to disaster.
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 1st 1994 by Plume
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Apr 19, 2014 Marsha rated it it was amazing
The exquisite agony of being in the closet has been rarely more hilariously penned than by Mr. Rodi. Poor Lionel Frank is a truly memorable literary creation. In his increasingly frantic attempts to appear straight, he runs into such dilemmas he comes off as being like a Keystone cop—it’s just one ineffectual flailing after another. Desperately horny, lonely and sexually frustrated, Lionel just can’t seem to get a break and his yearnings after inappropriate men are both touching and vastly amusi ...more
Dec 31, 2009 Jay rated it it was amazing
I read this book years ago and I was an immediate Robert Rodi fan - his writing sparkles and his characters are full of humour and affection. His books might be considered 'light reading', but they are fabulous nonetheless.
This book ended far too soon, and I really wanted to know what else happened to these wonderfully likeable characters.
Aug 12, 2007 _inbetween_ rated it it was ok
IIRC, I had liked Fag Hag - it wasn't as funny as touted, and it was severe at a time when I was looking for gay romance, but it had very funny bits and terribly true observations. I think!
I'm no longer sure, because Closet Case starts out weakly. The writing isn't a pleasure to read, and it's dangerously close to that Ben Idontwanttorememberhisname of the Gay Hollywood School, ie. extremely boring and bland while listing what you know you're meant to find hilarious yuppy life.
I'm still hoping t
Carlos Mock
Mar 23, 2016 Carlos Mock rated it really liked it
Closet Case is the term use in the gay world for someone who has not "come out." He decides to hide his homosexuality from everyone.

Rodi has created a great case. You have an ad exec firmly in the closet, his flamboyant hairdresser, his conservative, gossipy coworkers, his army dad, his fundamentalist Christian sister, and his downstairs Latina neighbor and her 'gay straight man' boyfriend. Not to mention the guy from Transylvania...

And it all happens in the Chicago scene. Being from Chocago I e
Melanie Williams
Aug 01, 2010 Melanie Williams rated it liked it
While I really enjoyed this book, I didn't find it as laugh-out-loud funny as other reviews toted it to be. It was a bit wordy in parts, and I have to admit, I skipped whole lines just to get to the point.

Overall, a pretty good read. Next on my list is Rodi's Drag Queen. Hopefully it's a bit funnier.
Margaret McCamant
Book group selection. This represents what I like best about a book group--it pushes me to read things I have never heard of or considered.

And I think I've met the author in singing classes at the Old Town School, only I didn't know he was a novelist, just a good singer.
Mar 20, 2007 Danny rated it liked it
Not as good as his others but still a good read
May 03, 2010 Closetcase rated it liked it
Not my favorite of his work. I found it to be an ok read. Not my favorite Rodi book
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Mar 15, 2009 Vika Gardner rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Among the funniest books I have ever had the pleasure to have read.
Jan 07, 2012 Joseph rated it liked it
A crazy plot, but definitely fun.
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Robert was born in Chicago in the conformist 1950s, grew up in the insurrectionist 1960s, came of age in the hedonist 1970s, and went to work in the elitist 1980s. This roller-coaster ride has left him with a distinct aversion to isms of any kind; it also gave him an ear for hypocrisy, cant, and platitudes that allowed him, in the 1990s, to become a much-lauded social satirist.

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