|Buddies (1986) [Novel]|
by Ethan Mordden
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"What unites us, all of us, surely is brotherhood, a sense that our friendships are historic, designed to hold Stonewall together," muses one character in Ethan Mordden's Buddies
. This need for friendship, for nonerotic affection, for buddies, shines forth as an American obsession from Moby-Dick
through Of Mice and Men
to The Sting
. And American gay life has built upon and cherished these relationships, even as it has dared-perhaps its most startling iconoclasm-to break new ground by combining romance and friendship: one's lover is one's buddy.
This book is about those relationships-mostly gay but some straight and even a few between gays and straights. Here also are fathers and brothers and stories of men in their youth, when rivalry often develops more naturally than alliance.
Original title: Buddies
Genre: Fiction→ Gay & Lesbian→ Gay Male