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Finding Tulsa

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Stan Grozniak, director of ’90s B-movies and art films, almost self-sabotages a prestigious directing gig after casting his rediscovered teenage summer stock crush. Still haunted by the death of Rick Dacker, the sexy star of his cult action trilogy, Stan attempts a romance with actor Lance Holtzer, his ‘Tulsa’ from a small town Ohio production of the musical Gypsy.

Paperback, 322 pages
Published September 22nd 2020 by Palm Drive Publishing
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3.5 Stars

Well, this was certainly different from what I usually read but you know what, in a strange sort of way, it worked for me.

The story (memoir? potential autobiography?) was written in a format that was a bit unusual and took some getting used to. However, at about the 20% mark, I finally started getting what the book was about.

What helped me get more settled was the realisation that the story was not being told in a linear format but rather, it hopped and skipped throughout the life of
Joyfully Jay
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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5 stars

Finding Tulsa is a fantastic first-person narrative told from Stan Grozniak’s perspective. It reads like a long letter, or maybe a director’s commentary track laid over a finished film. Personally, I very much enjoyed the pacing of the story and the non-linear qualities. I think mixing newer and older episodes with contemporary events in Stan’s life helped keep things interesting. That said, I’ll admit I did find it a bit of a challenge to know when “now” is for Sta
Bud Gundy
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Jim Provenzano for years, and I haven't always given him five stars. Finding Tulsa is the work of a writer at the top of his game. Uncompromising and insightful, the observations come relentlessly, unsparingly, and in a voice you don't dare argue with. Whether funny, tragic, or pathetic, every observation comes with clarity and wit, with an occasional revelation that makes you sit back and think. Career, family, love, sex...I can't think of a topic that doesn't come under scru ...more
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4 1/2 stars. A young teenager willingly (in his eyes) has sex with an adult relative. Please see this as a trigger warning. He grows up to become a director of a trilogy of cult films. When the opportunity arises to direct a feature film with very similar subject matter he begins to realize his experience was actually abuse and how it affected his life. Despite the dark subject matter the book itself is more a celebration of life, family, friends and Hollywood with all the good & bad that entail ...more
Thomas Lowe
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of Jim Provenzano’s previous books, so I was predisposed toward liking his FINDING TULSA too. When I read that he had a new book coming out, I was excited for it to be released. Then I read the synopsis and I got a little nervous. What I love about Provenzano’s work is how well he tells stories of young gay men falling in love. They ring true and are very relatable. It might be that we’re about the same age and we both grew up in the Midwest, but some of the things he has written eeri ...more
Kel A.
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of 'Finding Tulsa' from NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.

'Finding Tulsa' belongs in company with 'The Lost Language of Cranes' by David Leavitt and 'The Mysteries of Pittsburgh' by Michael Chabon. If I had not known going in that this novel was a work of fiction, I would have assumed it to be an autobiography. The narrator is focused on himself alone and makes no assumptions about the other cast of characters around him. In the first chapter, narrator Stan gi
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finding Tulsa is a book that takes you back to a different decade than where we are now. It was a difficult time for gays during the sixties, seventies, and eighties with AIDS. The story jumps in time to talk about sexual abuse, partying, porno, theatre, Los Angeles, Ohio, and becoming a film director.

It is very well done in descriptions of the period and how the world was during those times. It also is a book about following your dream and finding the love of your life. It is a story of coming
Mike Adams
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Although I'd already pre-ordered a paperback copy, I wanted to get to reading this, and signed up on #NetGalley to get an advance ebook. What an epic ride! Aside from his paired romance books, and each being gay fiction, none of the author's works are similar. I first found PINS when a friend gave me a copy (since I wrestled in school). Over the years, I've read his other books, and despite some flaws, found them entirely readable.

But 'Finding Tulsa' covers more ground in a robust funny way than
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Countless stories begin with the protagonist returning home, either to say goodbye to a loved one, escape from something or someone from their current life, or pay an overdue visit, among other reasons. When we first meet Stan Grozniak, the narrator of Jim Provenzano's latest novel, "Finding Tulsa," he is on his way home to pay tribute to a teacher about to retire — but rather than following the formula where an event during the trip triggers a series of actions, the author gives voice to the se ...more
Oct 18, 2020 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars.
I enjoyed this read.
Personally for me, Jim has alway created some characters who are very endearing and capture my heart.
With this read, he also infused some suprising elements of comedy, puns and one-liners. On many occassions, I burst out laughing as certain characters were ‘read’ unknowingly.
Feb 05, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of the book from Netgalley to review. Thank you for the opportunity.
A strange and unusual novel which wasn't really to my taste. It was quite a controversial novel.
An OK read.
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Jim Provenzano is the author of the novels Finding Tulsa, Now I'm Here, PINS, Monkey Suits, Cyclizen, the 2012 Lambda Literary Award-winning Every Time I Think of You, its sequel Message of Love (a Lammy finalist), and the stage adaptation of PINS (a Bay Area Theatre Critics awardee). His short fiction collection Forty Wild Crushes was published in 2016.

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“I was a theatre queen before I had pubes. My teen summer tans were
as pale as unwashed muslin and my skin as cool as the air-conditioned
theater where I hid. In secret moments, wrapped in musty curtains or old
costumes, my heart fluttered with uncontrollable surges of heat, passion,
and hope.

Some may say a life in the theatre can ruin you. I say it was my
salvation. In the days when walking down the street or by a playground
might leave me with a bloody nose or a hurled insult that hurt even more,
the theatre was my refuge, my shelter.”
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