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Strange Brother

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The year is 1927, and up in Harlem the joints are jumpin' with the sounds of the Jazz Age. In the dazzling commotion of the Magnolia Club, June Westbrook and Mark Thornton meet for the first time to embark on a brief but intense friendship. A fashionable socialite, June is drawn to Harlem in search of the exotic, only to encounter a people in touch with their emotions in a ...more
Unknown Binding, 352 pages
Published November 28th 1991 by Gay Man's Press Publishers (first published 1931)
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Jesse
"Mark wasn't happy here in this world, you know."

Yep, it's one of those books. Not brilliant art by any stretch of the imagination, but consistently interesting and displaying a sober and genuine thoughtfulness that stands in stark contrast to the hysterical melodramatics of most other gay-themed novels of its era.
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Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I hated the ending, of course, but as it is one of the first novels with a gay major character, I must acknowledge that the trope had to come from somewhere.
There were some incredible moments of truth and beauty, and some insights that took my breath away, but mostly it was just incredibly dour.
I recommend this book if you're interested in LGBTQ history, but otherwise I'd skip it.
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Blair Niles is a pen name of Mary Blair Rice. She also wrote under the name Mary Blair Beebe.