by Larry Duplechan - £14.99 Arsenal Pulp Press (2008)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781551522449 | ISBN 10: 1551522446
As funny, warm, and sexy as its protagonist, Got 'til it's Gone
is the first novel by Larry Duplechan in fifteen years, and the fourth to feature his alter-ego Johnnie Ray Rousseau, a gay black man of Louisiana Creole stock.
When we first met Johnnie Ray in the 1986 novel Blackbird ― the first gay black coming-out novel ever published ― he was a gay teenager in love with the star of a high school play; now he's forty-eight, still handsome and gym-built but admittedly vain and looking down the short road to fifty with some chagrin.
In the midst of a midlife crisis, he falls for a much younger man with some serious Daddy issues; throughout it all, Johnnie Ray tries to look at love (and his life) from both sides now (to borrow a phrase from his idol, Joni Mitchell).
Got 'til it's Gone is a queer romantic comedy for the twenty-first century.
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