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Catalog Archive / Fall 2021

The Book of Casey Adair

“Beautiful and expansive. The Book of Casey Adair captures the tumult of the early 1980s, which set the stage for a new brand of queer activism. The way Ken Harvey tells Casey’s story gives the novel a bracing tenderness. I loved this book, and it will stay with me for a long time.”
—Jake Wolff, author of The History of Living Forever

In the fall of 1980, young Casey Adair begins a year of postgraduate theater research in Spain, then on the verge of a military coup. As he attends plays and dinner parties, visits gay bars, and becomes increasingly involved in protests, Casey’s correspondence reveals intimate confessions and new understandings. He falls in love with a man named Octavio, gets a role in a major theatrical production, and revels in the awakening of his own sexuality and social consciousness. Then, a visit from his college friend Poppy leads to an emotionally charged evening that changes their lives forever.

Three years later Casey is an educator in Boston, trying to balance finding his voice as an AIDS activist, dealing with an intolerant headmaster, and rebuilding a relationship with his daughter. As dear friends fall ill to the virus, he struggles to understand how his many identities—father, teacher, caretaker, dissident, lover, husband—can coexist. In a world that asks so much of us, what is our responsibility to others and ourselves?

 

Ken Harvey is the author of the memoir A Passionate Engagement and short story collection If You Were with Me Everything Would Be All Right, which won the Violet Quill Award for Best Gay Fiction of the Year.

Author's Website - kenharvey.net

 

 

Praise

“An engaging, complex portrait of a young gay Everyman in search of himself, making mistakes many readers will doubtless recognize from their own lives. The novel’s striking intimacy often made me feel I was eavesdropping on an actual life as it was lived moment by bewildering moment.”
—Paul Russell, author of The Coming Storm

 

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October 2021
LC: 2021008823 PS
232 pp. 5.5 x 8.5

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Paper $18.95
ISBN 9780299333546
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