fantastic new book
- CHRISTOPHER: A Tale of Seduction by Allison Burnett
Hilarious. And the writer is a guy, believe it or not. Just came
out. A paperback. This is what it says on the back and it's all true:
"Either he's channeling Truman Capote's spirit or Allison Burnett has
created, all by himself, the most assured narrative voice in recent
memory. His B.K. Troop is a pitch-perfect creation: bitchy-funny
with a twist of rue.
--Louis Bayard, author of Fool's Errand and Endangered Species
"Christopher is the literary equivalent of sparkling banter whose
aftermath is trenchant poignancy. The deep, sad truths of this slyly
funny novel continue to gather force long after you've finished reading."
--Kate Christensen, author of In the Drink and Jeremy Thrane
A daring and delightful new voice in fiction, Allison Burnett makes
his impressive debut with CHRISTOPHER: A Tale of Seduction (available
now; Broadway Books; $13.95).
Intelligent, cultured, wickedly witty, and unabashedly gay, B.K. Troop
is also woefully unattractive, chronically unemployed and desperately
lonely. Alone in his tiny tenement apartment in Manhattan at the
ominous dawn of 1984, he resigns himself to another dreary year. The
Fates, however, have a delicious challenge in store. Upon taking
leave of his abode for a Denver omelet and Bloody Mary, B.K. literally
bumps into his new next-door neighbor. Graced with delicate features,
dark eyes, and a dazzling smile, Christopher Ireland is irresistible.
Instantly smitten, B.K. vows to seduce the young manundaunted by the
chasm of nearly a quarter century between them and the fact of
Christopher's staunch heterosexuality. As B.K. tells us: "Sexual
preference is not and never has been an exact science."
Narrated by the ever-arch, sometimes insufferable, sometimes
ridiculous, but ultimately wonderfully human B.K. Troop, the novel
traces a life-changing year in the difficult lives of two very
different men. What starts as a glib chronicle of a lascivious chase,
with homage to Nabokov and Oscar Wilde, swiftly evolves into an
ironic, uproarious, poignantly romantic story of personal
transformation and uncommon friendship.
"At times both acid-tinged and unbelievably sweet, a hopeless love's
-- Kirkus Reviews
"Burnett captures perfectly both the mid-1980's setting and the
feelings of both the lovable, predatory narrator and his elusive
quarry. B.K. is both hilariously outlandish and utterly touching."
-- Booklist, the American Library Association magazine
"There are some moments of wonder and examples of delightfully lucid
prose.... Burnett does a fantastic job of establishing a unique
narrative voice...." \
-- San Francisco Chronicle
For more information, go to allisonburnett.com