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    Gabriel Noone is a radio jockey who hosts the late night show a the public radio. He digs out stories from his own life to tell on his show and people like the reality to his problems. He plays a character that is gay and struggling with a crumbling relationship.
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    The book portrays the difficulties in his life caused by many different aspects of it. He is feeling very helpless because the man he loves and has been with for ten years, Jess is moving out and leaving him. At his age a break up is hard for him to deal with and he feels completely alone. Then his friend Ashe asks him to read a manuscript by Pete who is a 13 year old boy who had been horribly abused by his parents. The script is well written and well narrated and Noone is deeply touched by the story. He starts to really care about Pete and developes a telephone relation with him. The boy is sick with AIDS and is being looked after by Donna. She is a social worker who adopted him when she found out about the abuse that he was being subjected to. Gabriel becomes very attached to Pete.
    He talks to Pete and Donna almost every day and becomes much dependant on them for a sympathetic ear. Gabriel's accountant friend Anna doesn't think things are quite natural since Donna keeps Noone up to date with all of Pete's treatments and his life events. She says the same to Noone and he begins to become suspicious as well and starts to wonder if Pete and Donna are telling the truth or if Pete exists at all.
    He flies out to Wisconsin in teeth shattering cold to see if he can find out the truth.

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   very sensitive (sigh) Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   two guys doing it Taboo sex story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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