The Prettiest Star (Compact Disc)

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Brian left his small, rural hometown in Ohio as the popular high school jock & MVP of the baseball team. He returns 6 years later (1986) heartbroken and reeling from his partner's tragic death, struggling through his own battle with AIDS, and reluctantly preparing to spend what may be the last months of his life reconnecting with the family he once ran from...

So begins this beautiful, raw, truly devastating novel. A masterpiece with so much to say about queer-identity, chosen family, love, acceptance, and the AIDS crisis in the US--this book is worth every tear it'll make you shed! (Just be sure to have your tissues ready!)

— Kaylie


Small-town Appalachia doesn't have a lot going for it, but it's where Brian is from, where his family is, and where he's chosen to return to die. At eighteen, Brian, like so many other promising young gay men, arrived in New York City without much more than a love for the freedom and release from his past that it promised. But within six short years, AIDS would claim his lover, his friends, and his future. With nothing left in New York but memories of death, Brian decides to write his mother a letter asking to come back to the place, and family, he was once so desperate to escape. Set in 1986, a year after Rock Hudson's death shifted the public consciousness of the epidemic and brought the news of AIDS into living rooms and kitchens across America, The Prettiest Star is part Dog Years by Mark Doty and part Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. But it is also an urgent story now: it a novel about the politics and fragility of the body; it is a novel about sex and shame. And it is a novel that speaks to the question of what home and family means when we try to forge a life for ourselves in a world that can be harsh and unpredictable. Contains mature themes.
Product Details
ISBN: 9798200257737
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: May 19th, 2020
Language: English