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Title Houston Voice, No. 1006, February 4, 2000
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date February 4, 2000
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript 24 OUT ON THE BAYOU FEBRUARY 4, 2000 • HOUSTON VOICE Out In Print BOOK NEWS Modern epistolary recalls star-crossed love by VINCENT KOVAR "Dunno where to begin. Dunno really how to write a letter! We buried him, Jerome." And so the exchange begins. Award winning New Zealand author, William Taylor, has written another rending story of young love, star-crossed with the irrevocable realities left behind after a death. This short (96 page) novella is written with a modem twist on the classic epistolary tale. Confused and emotionally shattered by the death of their friend, Jerome, the remaining pair of an intimate trio span thousands of miles through e-mail, faxes and on-line chat sessions. Across the distance of both miles and misunderstanding, Marco and Katie find a caustic closeness that strips away their preconceptions and erodes the illusions that kept them apart, even under the facade of togetherness. Marco, in New Zealand, grows to understand that the friends' lifelong connections were pieces of a puzzle whose illustrations only appear when broken apart. the book is not about Jerome, though his death precipitates the story. Instead, Taylor tells a tale about the two still left behind. Marco is a punk, an adolescent rogue whose charm is diminished after the death of his friend. He must struggle to understand his homophobia both in regards Katie's lesbianism and her former relationship with Jerome. "You are going to miss him so much your—'other half.' I used to laugh at the two of you. You were so close ... I loved him, too, Marco, altho' maybe not quite in the way you think," she writes. In America, Katie, the more mature of the two, finds her adolescent crushes blossoming into adult love with Ann, an African- American woman who completes her in a way Jerome could not. "She is part of me and I am part of her," Katie writes. Eventually, their correspondence brings Katie face-to-face with Marco over the Christmas holiday. The two at last confront the futility of denial and bring the tragedy of errors and mistrust to its heartrending finish. Although these moments take them further from the death of their friend and bring them closer to each other, Katie and Marco also find the hidden truth of Jerome's own desire for closeness, deepening the mystery of both his death and his life. The two tear open their souls atop Jerome's grave, drinking dieap champagne and smoking American cigarettes. "There was only one ... he ever wanted, Marco," Katie reveals, "Only one ... that Jerome Winter Fucking lived and breathed for... Look!" she points at a photo. "Who the fuck was he looking at with that beautiful, beautiful smile across his face and that shine in his eye?" As the novel draws to a close, Katie's developing love draws her back to Am- THE PLAZA AT RIVER OAKS APARTMENTS 1920 W. Gray • 1945 W. 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What makes this form crucial to the novel and prevents it from being merely a gimmick is the honesty with which the characters write. The sense of separation inevitable in modem communication gives the characters' feelings and dialogue time and space to develop. Readers who are used to Ihe immediacy of half-hour TV dramas might find this initially slow, but the pace and brevity ol the book keep it from dragging. These elements also make the book accessible to both young adull and older readers, though its realistic language would probably be inappropriate for those younger than 14. Though William Taylor is known mostly for his humor writing ("Agnes Ihe Sheep"), "Jerome" is his most striking (oray in to the crucible ol young love since his novel "The Blue Ijwn," which garnered him the AIM Senior Fiction Award. 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