In the title story from Dancing on the Moon a young man, thinking of all his friends who have died from AIDS and those who are ill, says: "No one out there has a clue as to what our lives are like. All this is as strange to them as dancing on the moon." The speaker marveling at the gulf that separates those affected by AIDS from a world that thinks itself immune is just one of the memorable characters in this unprecedented book of twelve virtuoso stories about the impact of AIDS, particularly as it has reverberated through the lives of gay men. With profound literary courage, Jameson Currier documents what those lives are like. With sure-handed narrative skill, Chekhovian compassion, and remarkable grace, Currier writes not only about those who are living with AIDS and those who have died from it but also about the friends, families, and lovers who nurse and care for the sick and remember them afterward. His characters range from rebellious Southern teenagers to an elderly Jewish woman whose grandson has died, to an infant with AIDS adopted by an AIDS widower and his new lover. "What They Carried" concerns the things friends bring and give to another friend over the course of his struggle with the disease. "Reunions" finds two men sharing a bizarre cab ride in the last days of their illnesses. In "The Absolute Worst" a woman reunites two former lovers from her college years. A woman submerges herself in the new life of her dead brother's lover in order to come to terms with her own losses in "Weekends." In "Ghosts" a man seeks out a dying acquaintance in an unconscious attempt to justify his own lover's suicide. In all the stories men and women search for order and reason during a health crisis that knows no rationale.
- What They Carried
- Civil Disobedience
- Winter Coats
- Dancing on the Moon
- Montebello View
- What You Talk About
- The Absolute Worst
- Who the Boys Are
Original title: Dancing on the Moon: Short Stories About AIDS
Genre: Fiction→ Gay & Lesbian→ Gay Male
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Tragedy And Loss
Fiction→ Gay & Lesbian→ Aids
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