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Book Title: Surprising Myself|
The size of the: 840 KB
Edition: Holt Paperbacks
Date of issue: June 15th 1988
The author of the book: Christopher Bram
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780805006698
Read full description of the books Surprising Myself:In the week since I finished reading this, I've been trying to figure out how I feel about it, and I'm coming up a bit short. I didn't dislike reading it, but I can't really think of something I liked about it.
I had a few problems with the book. Bram employs a few time jumps that cut up the story unsatisfactorily. For instance, after a brief semi-courtship, the main character, Joel, throws himself into a relationship with the first boy he likes, tells his family he's gay, and then -- it's three years later and Joel is questioning if he's really in love. For me, it was hard to care, since Bram hardly shows a believable relationship to start with. And then, as things with Joel and his boyfriend hit their lowest point, we get an epilogue that's set a year later and an ambiguous ending.
While all this relationship "drama" is happening, the largest section of the book is about Joel helping his sister, Liza, hide herself and her daughter from the husband she's decided to leave. On the one hand, I admire that there's more to the plot than just relationship woes, but Liza and her husband are tiresome and the plot becomes repetitive as it takes over the book.
So I guess, the more I think about it the less I like it. I will say, I liked this a whole lot more that the only other Bram novel I've read, Hold Tight: A Novel, which frankly is a ridiculous book.
Read information about the authorBram grew up in Kempsville, Virginia. After graduating from the College of William and Mary in 1974 (B.A. in English), he moved to New York City four years later. There, he met his lifelong partner, documentary filmmaker Draper Shreeve.
Bram's novel Father of Frankenstein, about film director James Whale, was made into the movie Gods and Monsters starring Ian McKellen and Brendan Fraser. Bill Condon adapted the screenplay and directed. Condon won an Academy Award for his adaptation.
In 2001, Bram was a Guggenheim Fellow. In 2003, he received the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement. He currently resides in New York.
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