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The Catch Trap by Marion Zimmer Bradley
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Mar 13, 08

bookshelves: gay-reads, thrice-read-tales, overlooked-works-of-genius, 5-star-reads
Recommended to Stephen by: blind luck
Recommended for: any gay man interested in pre-stonewall gay life
Read in September, 1984 — I own a copy, read count: 4

Tommy Zane is leading a life that many kids dream of in this depression era America. His Dad is a big cat trainer and he and his dad and mom are making a comfortable living as circus folk. Though Tommy must water the occasional elephant, help in the rigging of the big tents and even fill-in for one of the girls in a flying ring act, every days an adventure. But recently Tommy is enthralled by the royalty of the circus, the Flying Santellis, the circus's world famous Flying Trapeze attraction. And when it's agreed that he may train as one of the Santelli's he's over the moon.

But then tragedy strikes. His father and mother are killed in a tragic traffic accident while Tommy is travelling between cities with his new act. But the show must go on and Tommy attempts to fight the guilt of the "what if"s about his family tragedy and even more insidious... his growing interest in star flyer Mario Santelli... the kind of attraction that he's sure is wrong and forbidden.

This is an amazing novel that gives one a peak at a now vanished way of life and at the challenges that coming of age and coming to terms with ones sexual preference in the days before coming out was even a term.

By all means this should be on any gay man's must read list.
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