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What I Did Wrong

* John Weir * Viking * $23.95

Published in 1989, John Weir's The Irreversible Decline of Eddie Socket was a rare and unexpected thing: a comic novel about the AIDS crisis. Critically acclaimed at the time, Socket seems even better and braver in 2006, meriting the title of a gay literary classic. What I Did Wrong, Weir's long-awaited follow-up, reveals the writer's delightfully skewed voice and acute intelligence fully intact. His protagonist, Tom, is a hapless 42-year-old English professor obsessed with one of his much younger straight students, Justin. Tom deals with the trials of his present by revisiting the tribulations of his past, which consists mostly of ongoing telepathic conversations with his deceased best friend, Zack, a raging writer always willing to tell Tom how badly he screwed up. Although the urgency of Tom's midlife crisis is no match for that of the burgeoning AIDS crisis, What I Did Wrong invites a new generation of gay readers to discover one of our smartest writers.--David Bahr
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Title Annotation:What I Did Wrong
Author:Bahr, David
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Book review
Date:Apr 25, 2006
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