Nominated by:

Lisbon Central Library, Portugal

Publisher of nominated edition:

Bloomsbury Publishing, UK

Jack Holmes and his Friend

Edmund White      

2014 Longlist

Jack Holmes is suffering from unrequited love. It doesn’t look as if there will ever be anyone else he falls for: the other men he takes to bed never stay for long.

Jack’s friend Will Wright comes from old stock, has aspirations to be a writer and, like Jack, works on the Northern Review. Jack will introduce Will to the beautiful, brittle young woman he will marry, but is discreet about his own adventures in love – for this is sixties New York, literary and intense, before gay liberation; a concoction of old society, bohemians rich and poor, sleek European immigrants and transplanted Midwesterners. Against this charged backdrop, the different lives of Jack and Will intertwine, and as their loves come and go, they will always be, at the very least, friends.

(From Publisher)

About the Author

Edmund White  is the author of many critically acclaimed books, the most recent being The Flaneur. He was made an officer in the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and won a literary prize from the Festival of Deauville. He now teaches at Princeton University. His acclaimed autobiography, My Lives, was published by Bloomsbury in 2006, while his play, Terre Haute, was published by Methuen Drama in 2007.

Librarian’s Comments

A great contemporary writer whose elegant prose presents vivid characters and conveys poetry while exploring the sexuality and sensibility of American society.

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