Harper Academic

Dancer from the Dance

A Novel

by Andrew Holleran, Garth Richard Greenwell

On Sale: 06/06/2023

Price: $18.99

Dancer from the Dance

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Dancer from the Dance

A Novel

by Andrew Holleran, Garth Richard Greenwell

On Sale: 06/06/2023

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Price: $18.99

About the Book

“An astonishingly beautiful book. The best gay novel written by anyone of our generation.”—Harper’s

“Through the sweat and haze of longing come piercing insights – about the closeness of gay male friendship, about the vanity and imperfections of men. The more one reads the novel, we realise that what Holleran has given us is our very own queer (queerer?) Great Gatsby: its decadence, its fear, its violence, its ecstasy, its transience.”—The Guardian

Andrew Holleran’s landmark novel of a young man's search for love and companionship in New York’s emerging gay world in the 1970s, with a new introduction by Garth Greenwell.

Young, astonishingly beautiful, and tired of living a lie, Anthony Malone trades life as a seemingly straight small-town lawyer for the decadence of New York’s emerging gay scene—an odyssey that takes him from Manhattan’s Everard baths and after hour discos, to lavish orgies on Fire Island and parks after dark. Rescuing Malone from a possessive lover and shepherding him through his immersion in this life of fierce joys and cheap truths is the flamboyant Sutherland, a high-camp quintessential queen. But for Malone, the endless city nights and Fire Island days are close to burning out, and despite Sutherland’s abundant attentiveness and glittering world-weary wisdom, Malone soon realizes what he is truly looking for may not be found in these beautiful places, where life is crowded, and people are forever outrunning their own desires and death.

Critical Praise

“An astonishingly beautiful book. The best gay novel written by anyone of our generation.” — Harper’s magazine

“Holleran summons up the most lyrical prose imaginable. The novel is a banquet.” — Boston Globe

“We have never been to Fire Island and we have never lived on the Lower East Side, but we have looked for love and we are growing older, and this book is the story of our life.” — New York magazine

“Compelling characters and a vision of society, straight and gay.” — Village Voice

“Beautifully written, evocative, and hilarious. . . . Holleran has the uncanny ability to combine emotional abandon and high comedy.” — New Republic

“Superb . . . erotic heat percolates through these pages.” — New York Times Book Review

"Through the sweat and haze of longing come piercing insights – about the closeness of gay male friendship, about the vanity and imperfections of men. The more one reads the novel, we realise that what Holleran has given us is our very own queer (queerer?) Great Gatsby: its decadence, its fear, its violence, its ecstasy, its transience." — The Guardian

"Andrew Holleran’s 'Dancer from the Dance,'. . . is bathed in melancholy gorgeousness, as attuned as any of its characters to 'the animal bliss of being alive.'" — The New Yorker

"Nothing could be more beautiful than Holleran's tableaux of New York, those hot summer city nights when lonely men sit on their stoops or their fire escapes and stare at that endless parade of unattainable lovers." — Boston Globe

“Dancer from the Dance accomplished for the 1970’s what The Great Gatsby achieved for the 1920’s ― the glamorization of a decade and a culture.”  — Edmund White

“A life changing read for me. Describes a New York that has completely disappeared and for which I longed—stuck in closed-on-Sunday's London.” — Rupert Everett

“The first gay novel everybody read. . . .It’s the story of youth and beauty and money and drugs. But overarchingly...the story of a new queer future.” — Michael Cunningham, New York Times Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063320062
  • ISBN 10: 0063320061
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 06/06/2023
  • Trimsize: 5.310 in (w) x 8.000 in (h) x 0.000 in (d)
  • Pages: 272
  • List Price: $18.99
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Classics
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Gay
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC4 : FICTION / City Life
  • BISAC5 : FICTION / Romance / Contemporary
  • BISAC6 : FICTION / Romance / LGBT / Gay
  • BISAC7 : FICTION / Coming of Age