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Dancer From The Dance by Andrew Holleran

Andrew Holleran's Dancer From The Dance was published in 1978 but I'd never heard of it until I happened to see it in the buy-one-get-one-half-price offer in Waterstones a couple of weeks ago. I don't know if it's been in print constantly since it was published, or whether until relatively recently it would have been shelved in the LGBT sections of bookshops rather than the general fiction shelves, but anyway - I'm so glad I picked it up because it's beautifully written, incredibly atmospheric and evocative and, although it has an aching sadness at its heart, there is a note of hope at the end.

Narrated by an anonymous gay man (about whom we learn almost nothing) Dancer From The Dance is set on the gay club scene in 1970s New York. At the centre of of the story is Malone, a young middle-class lawyer, who after years of struggling with his sexuality leaves Ohio for New York where he abandons his career. Taken under the wing of a middle-aged, drug dealing drag qu…

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