A Place I’ve Never Been
by David Leavitt
Genre: Fiction; Short Story Collection (Single Author)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
No. of Pages: 208
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From Publishers Weekly Conventional American tourists observe uninhibited families in Italy; a woman learns independence when the gay man who is the center of her life vacations in Europe. Other tales explore marriage, fidelity and grief. According to PW , “Leavitt writes with increased authority and range about love and loss within families and among gay and straight couples. ” Copyright 1991 Cahners Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. From Library Journal Leavitt’s reputation as a deeply gifted writer with a special interest in the gay experience has been established with works like the novel Equal Affections ( LJ 1/89) and the stories in Family Dancing ( LJ 8/84). A few of these new tales move beyond gay themes–‘Spouse Night, ‘ for instance, in which a bereaved man and woman have an affair after meeting at a support group for terminal patients and their families–but even those in which gay relationships predominate are crafted with such skill, compassion, and sensitivity that one need not have a special interest in that topic to be deeply drawn into their fictional worlds. Objective correlatives and metaphors abound: empty houses, or the death of a cat, trigger sudden epiphanies enabling characters to identify with antagonists and discern whole new patterns in their mysteriously intertwined lives. Sometimes, as in the title story, one spoken sentence can turn a concept inside out in shattering revelation. Witty and elegant without the least conscious artifice, these tales are both entertaining and profoundly moving. Highly recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/90. – Elise Chase, Forbes Lib. , Northampton, Mass.
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