By Philip Gambone
Escaping his ghosts, AIDS widower David Masiello accepts a one-year place at a Western scientific sanatorium in Beijing. Lonely yet excited, he units out to discover the city—both its bustling highway existence and its clandestine homosexual subculture.
David chronicles his adventures in China as he wrestles with cultural dislocation, loneliness, and sexual and non secular longing. After a sequence of either comedian and poignant encounters with homosexual chinese language males, he meets Bosheng, a good-looking younger artist. even though the appeal is powerful, a tricky courtship ensues, in which Bosheng returns to his ancestral village to marry the lady his mom and dad have selected for him. ultimately, and fairly all of sudden, David and Bosheng reconnect and percentage an idyllic spring jointly. because the 12 months ends, David needs to come to a decision no matter if to assert so long or face the uncertainties of a long-distance relationship.
Gambone’s novel is peopled with a number of splendidly memorable characters: Owen, David’s forthright ally again domestic; Auntie Chen, the clinic’s place of work mother, who desires to repair David up with a female friend; Stewart, David’s Beijing roommate, a graduate pupil doing learn on Peking opera; Jiantao and Guoyang, enthusiasts who lecture David at the fleeting caliber of yank romance; and Tyson, the Australian surgeon with a chinese language female friend, who hopes to educate David that love doesn’t desire any reasons or justifications.
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Beijing: A Novel by Philip Gambone