The Desperates

Greg Kearney

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The Desperates

The Desperates By Greg Kearney The Desperates Edmund was dying but now he isn t Granted a reprieve from the HIV that took everyone he loved away from him Edmund decides after a period of holing up in his Rosedale home to jump start his new leas

  • Title: The Desperates
  • Author: Greg Kearney
  • ISBN: 9781770863026
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Desperates By Greg Kearney Edmund was dying, but now he isn t Granted a reprieve from the HIV that took everyone he loved away from him, Edmund decides after a period of holing up in his Rosedale home to jump start his new lease on life by diving hard into the sex and drugs of the party scene.Teresa is dying, and she s livid Determined not to let her illness slow her down, she uses the year she haEdmund was dying, but now he isn t Granted a reprieve from the HIV that took everyone he loved away from him, Edmund decides after a period of holing up in his Rosedale home to jump start his new lease on life by diving hard into the sex and drugs of the party scene.Teresa is dying, and she s livid Determined not to let her illness slow her down, she uses the year she has remaining to avenge past grievances and correct certain mistakes she feels she made both in connection to her estranged son.Joel isn t dying, and probably won t be for a while Coddled to a state of perpetual naivety by his mother, he moves to the big city of Toronto with dreams of becoming an artist and finding true love What he finds is somewhat less than he bargained for though he won t admit it.In telling the intersecting stories of Edmund, Teresa, and Joel all of whom leave trails of hopeful chaos in their wake ReLit Award winning author Greg Kearney has painted a blackly comic, yet surprisingly earnest, portrait of modern loneliness The Desperates is one of the rare novels that leaves you laughing even as it breaks your heart.
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    1. Andrew Tibbetts on said:

      Greg Kearney s early story collections were shocking and delightful They announced an outrageous talent, with a voracious eye for everything, and a wonky joy in the play of language All of that is present in his much anticipated first novel, The Desperates, but it s become the icing on something substantial You ll gasp and laugh and have to read bits of it out loud because it s so deliciously screwy And all the while, underneath that frosting, is a powerful grace that will grip you and deepen y [...]

    2. Adam Dunn on said:

      Did I read the same book as all these other reviewers One reviewer compared this book to Dickens Dickens I read this book for my book club and if it hadn t of been chosen I wouldn t have finished it As it was I needed a break after the first half The second half got better, or perhaps I became immune to the story, but the book is filled with horrible, awful people you wouldn t want to be around for one second or even to hear about second hand Then to fill a book with them The book had three cha [...]

    3. Evan on said:

      I wanted to like it Really, I did All of the characters were awful and the story didn t go anywhere interesting I just felt like I should finish it, since I d already made it about halfway through by the time I felt like giving up Funny I didn t even laugh once At least I can say it was original I m sure I ll never read anything like it.

    4. Bradley Somer on said:

      I m still trying to figure out how this book could be so off kilter but so spot on Through some of the darkest humor, and with whiplash inducing turns of emotion, Kearney manages to make the topics the themes touch upon both endearing and hilarious and usually with a shame inducing quality that makes you ponder the type of person you are to find such things funny.

    5. Gavin Stephenson-Jackman on said:

      Well this certainly lived up to its title There s not much to say about this one beyond what I ve already said These are some very sad and desperate people living some plain desperate lives.

    6. Glenn Sumi on said:

      Greg Kearney takes on a lot in his debut novel dysfunctional families, cancer, HIV positive gay men living with AIDS survivors guilt, the PNP scene, small town niceties vs big city cynicismBut once you get used to his satiric tone, absurd but hilarious dialogue and go for broke narrative drive, it all comes together The author is a former humour columnist with the gay and lesbian publication Xtra , so many scenes are very funny Some examples Joel thought Donald might be one of those musty, benig [...]

    7. Samuel Daniel on said:

      A promising book that takes u on a crescendo of funny folks and witty situations but stop mid way and takes a dive towards the dark THe characters in the book are adorable Joel the young guy beginning gay life, Hugh his father and Teresa his mother, Edmund the gay man who is grieving his dead lover and ends up meeting Joel intitally through an sex chat phone encounter and we see the lives of Edmund and Joel grow together and apart The book is further filled with funny characters yet is it the a [...]

    8. John on said:

      For me, this was a gem Though it s a novel about desperation in a variety of forms, it s wickedly funny And by wickedly funny, I mean one step shy of schadenfreude Yet however desperate Kearney s characters become, they never lose their humanity So there s always something in myself I m laughing at right along with the absurdity on the page It s heartbreaking, but with a hilarity and affection that somehow makes it OK By the end, I found myself thinking that sometimes the only response to catast [...]

    9. Rj on said:

      Written in a clipped, fast paced manner reminiscent of Douglas Coupland s early books, The Desperates is Kearney s first book after a couple of short story collections Each chapter tells the story of different characters who are all linked together It is centred around a young gay male trying to figure out who he is as he navigates his life in Toronto in the late 1990s The narratives involve drug use and HIV and features Toronto as a character.

    10. willowdog on said:

      Often humorous, the life of a HIV positive man who has lost his lover tries to find some attachment in the world by calling a sex hot line only to meet up with a gay youth also looking for some attachment, whose mother is dying of cancer and full of venom The desperate efforts that they take in seeking this attachment and the characters of family and associates make for fun plot lines However, in the end there is no resolution for any of the characters.

    11. Farzana Doctor on said:

      I devoured this book while on holiday I loved Kearney s weird, honest and uncomfortable descriptions of family, relationships, grief and sex.

    12. William Carpenter on said:

      Beautiful Moving Hilarious Inappropriate Gut wrenching Sexy.

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