King of Angels, A Novel About the Genesis of Identity and Belief

By Perry Brass

New adult fiction, Literary fiction | Paperback, eBook


Set in Savannah, Georgia, during the tumultuous Kennedy years, King of Angels explores the role of Southern Jews in the still-segregated South, the explosive race relations and racial consciousness of this era, and the emergence of a genuine gay community with its own honest, outsider viewpoint. It is also a realistic story of the underground world of boys who must fool their parents and each other in order to achieve any form of unguarded closeness. As a “half-Jew” attending Holy Nativity, a Catholic military school in Savannah, Benjy will form some of the most important friendships of his life, and experience the full brutality of boys bullying each other. He will also become aware of many forms of seduction and attraction: the seductions of a secret sexual life in the school, the seductions of his own heart taken with a quiet handsome Puerto Rican male student, and the attractions of the Spirit itself in all of its revealed forms. This is truly a novel about the mysterious origins of identity and belief, in a questioning heart and questioning time, while growing up in the changing South in the early 1960s. "Can easily be compared to 'To Kill a Mockingbird,'" Lambda Book Review.


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Set in Savannah, Georgia, during the tumultuous Kennedy years, King of Angels explores the role of Southern Jews in the still-segregated South, the explosive race relations and racial consciousness of this era, and the emergence of a genuine gay community with its own honest, outsider viewpoint. It is also a realistic story of the underground world of boys who must fool their parents and each other in order to achieve any form of unguarded closeness. As a “half-Jew” attending Holy Nativity, a Catholic military school in Savannah, Benjy will form some of the most important friendships of his life, and experience the full brutality of boys bullying each other. He will also become aware of many forms of seduction and attraction: the seductions of a secret sexual life in the school, the seduct...


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Born in Savannah, Georgia, and currently living in New York City, Perry Brass has published 19 books, including poetry, novels, short fiction, science fiction, plays, and bestselling advice books ("How to Survive Your Own Gay Life," "The Manly Art of Seduction," "The Manly Pursuit of Desire and Love"). He has been a finalist six times for Lambda Literary Awards, has won five IPPY Awards from the Independent Publishers Group, and was a finalist for a prestigious Ferro-Grumley Fiction Award from New York’s Ferro-Grumley Foundation. Active in the movement toward lgbt rights since 1969, Brass deals with issues of sexual freedom, spirituality and personal politics coming out of his involvement with the Gay Liberation Front directly after the Stonewall Rebellion. He has written about and anticipated in his work much of the progressive change we see today throughout the world—around gay marriage, economic justice, gender equality, reproductive freedom, men’s health issues, and transgender rights. In 1972, with two friends he started the Gay Men’s Health Project Clinic, the first clinic specifically for gay men on the East Coast in America. It actively advocated for the use of condoms a decade before the AIDS crisis. This clinic still operates as the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. He blogs regularly for the Huffington Post and the Good Men Project. For more information: www.perrybrass.com


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Born in Savannah, Georgia, and currently living in New York City, Perry Brass has published 19 books, including poetry, novels, short fiction, science fiction, plays, and bestselling advice books ("How to Survive Your Own Gay Life," "The Manly Art of Seduction," "The Manly Pursuit of Desire and Love"). He has been a finalist six times for Lambda Literary Awards, has won five IPPY Awards from the I...


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