Where the Boys Are: A Novel (The Jeff O'Brien Series) (Paperback)

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Jeff O’Brien and his friends return in this sequel to The Men from the Boys, William J. Mann’s critically acclaimed debut novel about gay love and friendship.

Where the Boys Are opens in Manhattan on New Year’s Eve, 1999. With the world on the cusp of the new millennium, Jeff O’Brien and his ex-lover Lloyd Griffith are grieving the loss of their friend and mentor David Javitz to AIDS. Desperate to forget, Jeff has become a fixture on the dance floor, surrounding himself with ever-younger boy toys like Henry Weiner. Henry, who was an insurance-company geek until Jeff transformed him into a hottie with washboard abs, is secretly in love with Jeff, who’s got a thing for the mysterious and exotic Anthony Sabe. Lloyd, once the love of Jeff’s life, has left his job to run a B&B with widow Eva Horner.
 
Alternately narrated by Jeff, Lloyd, and Henry, Where the Boys Are is a high-octane trek through the gay party-circuit scene from Provincetown to San Francisco, Montreal to Palm Springs. With equal parts humor and pathos, it addresses universal issues of commitment, family, friendship, and the never-ending search for love that everyone can relate to, whether gay or straight, male or female.

About the Author


William J. Mann is best known for his studies of Hollywood and the American film industry, especially Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn, named a Notable Book of 2006 by the New York Times, and Hello Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand, published in 2012. He is also the author of Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines, for which he won the Lambda Literary Award, and has published several novels, including the Edgar Award–winning Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood.

Praise For…


“William J. Mann’s third novel deserves to stand alongside the best of Armistead Maupin and Felice Picano. . . . Affirms Mann’s status as one of gay fiction’s major narrative powers.” —Lambda Book Report
 
“Guaranteed to send your temperature soaring!” —The Advocate
 
“Captivating . . . By offering different perspectives, Mann allows us into the highly charged characters and the real motives that lurk behind their facades.” —Genre
 
“Mann doesn’t skimp on cattiness, camp and clever barbs, yet he addresses serious subjects—safe sex, gay families, moral responsibility—as well.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“Mann’s party boys make a sexy first impression but prove surprisingly deep upon further inspection.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“Gorgeously crafted—This is the must-read gem of the summer.” —InsightOutBooks.com
 
“Mann has his finger on the pulse. . . . [He] has crafted another winning novel which successfully articulates the angst, hopes and dreams of gay men.” —Bay Windows
 
“This is a great read. . . . It’s a love story, and you can’t help but hope for a happy ending. Four stars!” —Detroit Free Press
 
“A hugely entertaining novel—and at the same time a serious, spiritually rich read.” —Richard Labonte


Product Details
ISBN: 9781504087698
ISBN-10: 1504087690
Publisher: Open Road Media
Publication Date: July 18th, 2023
Pages: 380
Language: English
Series: The Jeff O'Brien Series