Rat Bohemia

Rat Bohemia


By (author) Sarah Schulman

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  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 203mm x 15mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 8 May 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Vancouver
  • ISBN 10: 1551522357
  • ISBN 13: 9781551522357
  • Sales rank: 599,420

Product description

First published in 1995, this award-winning novel, written from the epicentre of the AIDS crisis, is a bold, achingly honest story set in the "rat bohemia" of New York City, whose huddled masses include gay men and lesbians who bond with one another in the wake of loss. Navigating the currents of the city is Rita Mae, a rat exterminator who holds the optimism of all true bohemians―those who stand outside of the prevailing social apparatus. She and her friends seek new ways to be truthful and honest about their lives as others around them avert their glances. Inspired by "A Journal of the Plague Year" by Daniel Defoe, "Rat Bohemia" is an expansive novel about coping with loss and healing the wounds of the past by reinventing oneself in the city. "Rat Bohemia" won the Ferro-Grumley Award for Lesbian Fiction, and was named one of the "100 Best Gay and Lesbian Novels of All Time" by the Publishing Triangle. Includes a new introduction by the author. Now in its second printing

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Author information

Sarah Schulman is the author of eleven previous books, including eight novels, the latest being The Child (2006). As a journalist, her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, and Interview. She has won a Guggenheim Fellowship and two American Library Association Gay & Lesbian Book Awards. She lives in New York.