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"From its opening sentences Carter Sickels’ The Prettiest Star makes it clear that too many queer narratives have been kept out of sight. Here a man returns to the town of his southern Ohio childhood at a point when his own day-to-day survival is at stake. Love doesn’t come in to save him, or the family and friends upended by his presence. “Nothing transforms, there is no ...more
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Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Hub City Press
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    Dominic
    Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Many thanks to the publisher for this copy in exchange for an honest review.

    *The Prettiest Star* is a tender, emotional story about a fraught homecoming but it is boiling with rage beneath the surface. It tells the story of a young man named Brian in 1986, who comes home to small town Ohio and the parents who rejected him for being gay. Brian, HIV-positive and grieving his partner's death, only tells a fraction of the story, though; most of the story is narrated by his mother and younger sister,
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    Sarah Schulman
    From the beginning of AIDS literature in the 1980'. through to its current literary subject revival, the reality of familial homophobia has been hidden or downplayed. Parents have been depicted - to great acclaim- as heroically overcoming their prejudices, as loving, learning, appropriate, and doing the best they can. At the same time, over the last 40 years of representation, essential works that tell the truth about familial cruelty, the self-aggrandizing exclusion, the poisonous 'tolerance', ...more
    Charlotte
    When I finished reading this book, I had to just set it aside for a while before writing my review. It wasn't that I was going to have difficulty writing a review... I just wanted to sit with all the emotions that it brought up for me. Full disclosure: I ran a consumer-driven AIDS support organization for over a decade so this book depicts a time I'm intimately familiar with. Sickels has written a stunning novel that is important and relevant.

    This book is written from several points of view. At
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    A family in small town Ohio is torn apart when their gay son returns from New York HIV positive during the 80s AIDS crisis - immersive, tragic, tough to read at times.
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    Carter Sickels is the author of THE PRETTIEST STAR (Hub City Press, 2020) and THE EVENING HOUR (Bloomsbury 2012), an Oregon Book Award finalist and a Lambda Literary Award finalist. His essays and fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in various publications, including Guernica, Bellevue Literary Review, Green Mountains Review, and BuzzFeed. Carter is the recipient of the 2013 Lambda Literary ...more