By John Brandon
At the most sensible ground of a small medical institution, an not likely piano prodigy lies in a coma, attended to via his gruff, helpless father. outdoors the health center, a motley vigil assembles underneath a reluctant New Mexico winter—strangers looking for solutions, a broom with the paranormal, or simply an get away. to a few the boy is a novelty, to others a faith. simply past this ragtag circle roams a disconsolate wolf on his nightly rounds, holding and perilous, studying an excessive amount of. And above all of them, a would-be angel sits captive in a protecting phone of the afterlife, completing the paintings he begun on the earth, writing the songs which could unfastened him. This not likely assortment—a small-town mayor, a vengeful guitarist, all of the unseen wasteland lives—unites to weave a again and again hopeful tale of inconceivable communion.
Upon the discharge of John Brandon's final novel, Citrus County, the New York Times declared that he "joins the ranks of writers like Denis Johnson, pleasure Williams, Mary Robison and Tom Drury." Now, with A Million Heavens, Brandon brings his deadpan humor and hard-won empathy to a brand new realm of gritty surrealism—a fabulous and fascinating flip from the most effective younger novelists of our time.
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Chapter 2 The Struggle for Gay Rights I think what Gays are asking today is the same that Negroes, Mexicans, Indians, women and other minorities have said. This country claims a national basis of equality. It’s about time we got it. —Otto H. , treasurer, Washington Mattachine, 1971 Ours is a noble cause because we are engaged in a fight for the very promise of America. — Lorri L. , for the Millennium March, the fourth national gay rights demonstration to be hosted in the nation’s capital. “For more than six hours, under a warm spring sun” the crowd heard speeches from activists, celebrities and politicians; both President Clinton and Vice President Gore delivered videotaped remarks.