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Heartlands: A Gay Man's Odyssey Across America

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Heartlands: A Gay Man's Odyssey Across America

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Darrell Yates Rist
genre:
Gay and Lesbian

We gave it a B+

The debate over family values versus alternative lifestyles is nicely defused in Darrell Yates Rist’s matter-of-fact portraits of gay men from Alaska to the Gulf Coast — an Oklahoma farmer, an Apache potter, a Colorado cowboy, a Louisiana alligator trapper, a South Bronx teacher. In Heartlands: A Gay Man’s Odyssey Across America, all are less interested in creating gay communities than in living quietly among their kin. And their kin, for the most part, are disposed to live and let live. Some do more. Rist’s account of a Baptist father fanatically loyal to the memory of a son who died of AIDS is a gem of down-home honesty and inevitable sorrow. B+