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Rat Bohemia

by Sarah Schulman

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First published in 1995, this award-winning novel is a bold, achingly honest novel set in the rat bohemia of New York City, whose huddled masses include gay men and lesbians abandoned by their families and forced to find new bonds. Navigating the currents are three friends: Rita, a rat exterminator; Killer, a plant-waterer; and David, an HIV+ writer; together, they seek new ways to be truthful and honest about their lives, as others around them avert their glances. This 2008 edition includes a new introduction by the author.… (more)
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[b:The Gentrification of the Mind|12798674|The Gentrification of the Mind Witness to a Lost Imagination|Sarah Schulman|https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1320526309s/12798674.jpg|17946935] was incredible, but Rat Bohemia gives the lowest point of the AIDS epidemic the emotional depth I'd never quite grasped from the facts. The mid-1990s New York City it paints is saturated with death and friendship and resentment and activism and politics and family and pain and death and death and death. ( )
  caedocyon | Feb 23, 2024 |
Evokes a time, place and group of people really well. First quarter is the best. ( )
  kgib | Mar 31, 2013 |
A bold, honest story set in the “rat bohemia” of New York City, whose huddled masses include gay men and lesbians abandoned by their families and forced to find new bonds with one another in the wake of this loss. Navigating the currents of the city are three friends: Rita Mae, a rat exterminator; Killer, a career plant-waterer; and David, an HIV-positive writer. Together, they seek new ways to be truthful and honest about their lives as others around them avert their glances.
  lilac_library | Oct 27, 2016 |
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First published in 1995, this award-winning novel is a bold, achingly honest novel set in the rat bohemia of New York City, whose huddled masses include gay men and lesbians abandoned by their families and forced to find new bonds. Navigating the currents are three friends: Rita, a rat exterminator; Killer, a plant-waterer; and David, an HIV+ writer; together, they seek new ways to be truthful and honest about their lives, as others around them avert their glances. This 2008 edition includes a new introduction by the author.

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