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3 books of Richard Alther

Peter Bauman, a fortyfiveyearold divorced gay painter, plunges into the personal ads just prior to the Internet in his quest for the perfect partner. He dates a colorful cast of characters from a Connecticut physician, a rabid Republican, to a Texastwostepping, tattooed punk. Next there's the heavierthanadvertised geek who arrives with a bag of sex toys, but Peter is more serious with a handsome, stern Maine woodsman, followed by a British aristocrat patron who declines further intimacy because of his AIDS. As Peter negotiates his new gay identity, his best friend, Barry, counsels and supports him at every step, especially as Peter deals with a health crisis. During a decade of sex and shenanigans, Peter, encouraged by his exwife, daughter, and son, examines his life and, at last, discovers his soul mate.

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THE SCAR LETTERS

The victim of a brutal hate crime, never resolved, confronts his assailants eighteen years later, courting both violence and romance...

"A beautiful, wonderfully readable, and uplifting novel of personal transformation and triumph. Warning: the first chapter is hard to read.­"
—Toby Johnson, former editor White Crane Journal

“There is certainly no question that Richard Alther's new novel, The Scar Letters, transcends the genre of gay fiction, but to label it ‘literary fiction’ could too easily dissuade a sensible reader from picking it up, reading a few pages, and then sitting back with a sigh of satisfaction, knowing that here is a really good book.

"The Scar Letters is narrated by Rudy Dallmann, a gay man in his forties, who was brutally attacked and raped some twenty years earlier, and has lived in semi-­isolation ever since. Forced by his longtime and closest friend, Tex, to confront the issue, Rudy sets about in his own quietly determined fashion to . . .

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THE SCAR LETTERS The victim of a brutal hate crime, never resolved, confronts his assailants eighteen years later, courting both violence and romance... "A beautiful, wonderfully readable, and uplifting novel of personal transformation and triumph. Warning: the first chapter is hard to read.­" -­Toby Johnson, former editor White Crane Journal "There is certainly no question that Richard Alther's new novel, The Scar Letters, transcends the genre of gay fiction, but to label it 'literary fiction' could too easily dissuade a sensible reader from picking it up, reading a few pages, and then sitting back with a sigh of satisfaction, knowing that here is a really good book. "The Scar Letters is narrated by Rudy Dallmann, a gay man in his forties, who was brutally attacked and raped some twenty years earlier, and has lived in semi-­isolation ever since. Forced by his longtime and closest friend, Tex, to confront the issue, Rudy sets about in his own quietly determined fashion to reconcile . . .

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