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Exiles in America

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Christopher Bram here weaves a melodramatic tale examining social minorities in conservative, suburban Virginia. The exiles in this case: long-term out partners Zachary Knowles and Daniel Wexler. Knowles runs a private psychiatric practice, while Wexler teaches art to college students. When Abbas, a talented, self-consumed Iranian painter, and his wife move nearby, he and Daniel commence a heated affair that places stress on Daniel and Zack’s open relationship. Though the couples’ soap-operatic friction alone could have fueled Exiles in America, Bram introduces an FBI investigation into the mix, creating an awkward political thread that never quite meshes with the novel’s exploration of religious attitudes toward homosexuality and monogamy.