By Philip Gambone
Escaping his ghosts, AIDS widower David Masiello accepts a one-year place at a Western clinical medical institution in Beijing. Lonely yet excited, he units out to discover the city—both its bustling road 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 robust, a tough courtship ensues, in which Bosheng returns to his ancestral village to marry the lady his mom and dad have selected for him. ultimately, and really abruptly, David and Bosheng reconnect and percentage an idyllic spring jointly. because the yr 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 workplace mother, who desires to repair David up with a female friend; Stewart, David’s Beijing roommate, a graduate scholar doing learn on Peking opera; Jiantao and Guoyang, fans 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 want any factors or justifications.
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Beijing: A Novel by Philip Gambone