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Arsenal Pulp Press (arsenalpulp.com)
This queer romantic comedy is the first novel by Duplechan in 15 years and the fourth to feature his alter-ego Johnnie Ray Rousseau, a gay black man of Louisiana Creole stock. When we first met Johnnie Ray in the 1987 novel Blackbird, he was a gay teenager in love with the star of a high school play; now he’s 48, admittedly vain and looking down the short road to 50 with some chagrin. In the midst of midlife crisis, he falls for a much younger man with some serious Daddy issues; throughout it all, Johnnie Ray tries to look at love (and his life) from both sides now (to borrow a phrase from his idol, Joni Mitchell). — Preview: Tony Carrington