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Boys of Life
Paul Russell
ISBN: 9781627781725
Book (Paperback)
Cleis Press
6 x 9
308 pages
March 8, 2016


"Russell (The Salt Point) has crafted a timely, involving tale that explores the outer limits of gay sexuality and the point at which art or artiness slides into exploitation." --Publishers Weekly (1991)
Discover a compelling novel of innocence, betrayal, redemption and revenge in this re-publishing of Boys of Life. Tony is a young country boy with big dreams who's utterly bored with the tedium of Kentucky life. So it's no wonder he's seduced by the smooth-talking Carlos Reichart, who convinces the young man to run away with him to New York and become his live-in lover and the star of a series of homoerotic films. But when the films start becoming increasingly violent, and Carlos forces him to recruit runaway boys to also appear in the sadomasochistic films, Tony realizes he must escape Carlos' clutches before he winds up dead -- or worse.

Paul Russell is the accomplished author of various works of both fiction and non-fiction, including several award-winning novels, anthologies, poems, short stories, essays, and book reviews. He attended Oberlin College and later studied at Cornell University, where he earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English. Russell has taught English at Vassar College and the University of Exeter, and is a Professor of English at Vassar College. He lives in upstate New York.
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