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by Christopher Bram

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Title:Gossip
Authors:Christopher Bram
Info:Plume (1998), Edition: Reprint, Paperback
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Ralph Eckhart is a thirty something assistant manager in a New York bookstore, he’s gay, out, left wing and aware. He leads a fairly contended, ordinary and unadventurous life until that is he encounters William O’Connor in an internet chat room. They meet up and enjoy each others company. Is it love Ralph feels for the younger, baby-faced and apparently successful Bill? Whatever it is they get on well together despite their divergent political views and the fact that Bill is still in the closet. But eventually Bill’s right-wing connections get in the way, especially when Ralph sees and advance copy of Bill’s soon to be published book, a reactionary and opinionated attack on prominent Washington women. But that’s the least of Ralph’s worries for shortly after the book’s release he finds himself in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Throughout the story Ralph struggles to reconcile his views and outlook with his actions and the actions of his friends, and what he experiences may possible change his life completely.
Christopher Bram’s prose flows with consummate ease as we follow Ralph’s account of events. At first it seems a remarkably ordinary tale woven around the narrator’s friends, work, ambitions (or lack of), and his private life, but then quite suddenly we are swept up in a tense mystery as Ralph’s world all but caves in when he unwittingly finds himself the centre of unwanted attention. Gossip is a gripping story, which once it gets going is difficult to put down. ( )
  Bembo | Aug 25, 2007 |
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Christopher Bram is one of the most praised writers of gay fiction, and Gossip is perhaps his best book to date. An incisive, savvy political thriller, Gossip tells the story of Ralph Eckhart, a denizen of the gay East Village and ACT UP member, who meets and starts an affair with Bill O'Connor, a closeted gay Republican journalist. After Ralph dumps Bill with an angry phone call (that has been taped), and O'Connor is soon found murdered, the police think they know who did it. Beautifully plotted and written, Christopher Bram has written a novel of contemporary gay politics that is as complex and exhilarating as our lives.

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A New York bookseller goes to Washington to have a homosexual affair with a journalist he met on the Internet. The affair turns sour when the bookseller discovers the journalist is writing an expose on a senator who is his friend. When the journalist is murdered police arrest the bookseller, but he didn't do it. By the author of Father of Frankenstein.… (more)

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