By Philip Gambone
Escaping his ghosts, AIDS widower David Masiello accepts a one-year place at a Western clinical health center in Beijing. Lonely yet excited, he units out to discover the city—both its bustling road existence and its clandestine homosexual subculture.
David chronicles his adventures in China as he wrestles with cultural dislocation, loneliness, and sexual and non secular longing. After a sequence of either comedian and poignant encounters with homosexual chinese language males, he meets Bosheng, a good-looking younger artist. even though the charm is robust, a tough courtship ensues, in which Bosheng returns to his ancestral village to marry the woman his mom and dad have selected for him. finally, and fairly without notice, David and Bosheng reconnect and proportion an idyllic spring jointly. because the 12 months ends, David needs to make a decision no matter if to claim so long or face the uncertainties of a long-distance relationship.
Gambone’s novel is peopled with a bunch of splendidly memorable characters: Owen, David’s forthright ally again domestic; Auntie Chen, the clinic’s workplace mother, who desires to repair David up with a female friend; Stewart, David’s Beijing roommate, a graduate pupil doing study on Peking opera; Jiantao and Guoyang, fanatics who lecture David at the fleeting caliber of yank romance; and Tyson, the Australian healthcare professional with a chinese language female friend, who hopes to coach David that love doesn’t desire any causes or justifications.
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