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Hornito

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Hornito

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Mike Albo
publisher:
HarperCollins
genre:
Fiction, Gay and Lesbian

We gave it an A-

A Hornito is a type of volcano, which this debut novel’s protagonist — named, like the author, Mike Albo — constructs as his entry in the eighth-grade Sleepy Hollow Science Fair. It’s also a metaphor for his adult existence looking for love with the proper go-go boy. The dual cover photos of crotch and volcano mirror the book’s structure, which alternates between a contemporary New York City of days in temp jobs and nights at gay bars and the kitschy milieu of Albo’s suburban childhood. The author, a brilliant monologuist, loses speed on the page, but his caustic observations about how ”advertisers are beginning to treat gay guys as they’ve treated women for years, drowning us in envy and then selling us gym memberships” still rock. A-