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ISBN:
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Author:
Peter Mcgehee
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Harpercollins Publisher (1993)
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. In Boys Like Us, McGehee introduced a wonderfully zany cast of characters living in Toronto, all friends and ex-lovers of Zero McNoo.

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In Boys Like Us, McGehee introduced a wonderfully zany cast of characters living in Toronto, all friends and ex-lovers of Zero McNoo, a gay man from Arkansas. Now one year later, Zero struggles with sex, love, family, politics, and friendship in the age of AIDS. Full of tangy dialogue and wacky situations.

Peter Gregory McGehee (October 6, 1955 – September 13, 1991) was an American-born Canadian novelist, dramatist and short story writer. Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Frank Thomas and Julia Ann May McGehee, Peter moved with his family to Little Rock when he was six. He was the second of three children. McGehee played the trombone at Parkview High School in Little Rock where he graduated in 1973

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In Boys Like Us, McGehee introduced a wonderfully zany cast of characters living in Toronto, all friends and ex-lovers of Zero McNoo, a gay man from . St. Martin's Griffin.

The challenge that McGehee poses, and admirably tries to meet, is how to treat the AIDS crisis with humor without registering as superficial and glib. At times, the flightiness of these blithe spirits seems forced-even grimly determined. But at least they're not wallowing in self-pity. And, finally, their courage, and commitment, impresses and moves. Can life still be fun, even spontaneous, despite HIV and safe sex? Yes, indeed, according to Zero, whose adventures, sexual and political, now continue (after Boys Like Us). Zero, like most of his friends in this comic, gabby chronicle of these plague years, is HIV-positive. But he doesn't let a little detail like that slow him down.

Peter Gregory McGehee (October 6, 1955 September 13, 1991) was an American born Canadian novelist, dramatist and short story writer. Peter Gregory McGehee (October 6, 1955-September 13, 1991) was an American-born Canadian novelist, dramatist and short story writer. He was the second of three children - the eldest was Frank Thomas, Jr. and the youngest was Julie. FictionDB is committed to providing the best possible fiction reference information.

Peter Gregory McGehee (October 6, 1955 – September 13, 1991) was an American-born Canadian novelist . McGehee subsequently wrote two novels, Boys Like Us and Sweetheart, and a book of short stories, The IQ Zoo. Boys Like Us was published in 1991, shortly before McGehee's death of AIDS-related causes; Sweetheart and The IQ Zoo were both published posthumously. The novels focused on the life of Zero MacNoo, a character who much like McGehee himself was an American living in Toronto, and his family and circle of friends.

1993, First HarperPerennial Edition, Paperback, 209 pages
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One of the most personal, readable novels about living well in the face of HIV infection and all the changes it brings about in one's life. The companion work to McGehee's "Boys Like us," both of which are important texts in constructing a literary response to the damaging rhetorics of AIDS. This book picks up where "Boys Like us" left off, with Zero MacNoo's ongoing search for authenticity and meaning in the spectre of AIDS. It is a warm, funny, life-affirming work, refreshingly unapologetic and inflinching. The restless Zero (who is "searching for the moment, not a lifetime" [14]) finally finds, in Jeff Lake, the one romantic and sexual partner he has long searched for. "After all," Zero says, "a guy only has so many lifetimes to give" (14). It is, however, Zero's emotional and spirtual journey which is given the greatest weighting. We get the sense that McGehee was a seeker, searching for a new, brave, transnational identity. Returning to Arkansas, Zero stares out the airplane window at the Arkansas River: "It slithers through the landscape of bluffs and pine trees like some kind of prehistoric serpent. I love to stare at it. It hypnotizes me. It gives me a sense of my whole life being one blazing moment" (78). Voyages through time and space are thus evoked as the character travels through his life, with AIDS menacingly looming. Zero goes through life armed with wit and courage, so happiness is always attainable. Love, happiness, and memory are necessary elements in the construction of an AIDS counterliterature. Without this counterliterature, the voices of gay men who died of the disease (McGehee included) are in danger of being erased from history. The characters in McGehee's works still manage to live and love meaningfully despite their HIV status. Testimony means a reconsideration of how we record the history of our culture, and whose stories we weave into the greater tapestry of voices. In the end, Zero's testimony, like McGehee's text, is all that stands between his "self" and oblivion. This is a gentle, funny, and very heart-felt work, and proves without a doubt that McGehee's brilliant voice was silenced way too early.