Object of Desire

By William J. Mann

"It's regularly been golden for you, Danny. you may have constantly been the golden boy."

Danny Fortunato looked as if it would have all of it. He was once lovable, humorous, attractive, smart--the most well liked go-go boy in West Hollywood. while he danced on degree, all eyes have been upon him and all males wanted him. yet whatever consistently saved Danny from ever particularly believing he used to be the golden boy that others stated he was once. . .

Twenty years later, residing in Palm Springs, Danny is celebrating his forty first birthday--although "celebrating" will not be the proper be aware for a way he feels approximately his lifestyles this present day. To the skin international, he is nonetheless golden: he nonetheless has his appears to be like, and he nonetheless loves Frank, his boyfriend of approximately 20 years. yet anything is lacking in his lifestyles. ardour. Romance. event. an identical anything that is been lacking ever on the grounds that that day whilst he grew to become fourteen, whilst his sister Becky disappeared and his complete international flipped upside-down. . .

Filled with unforgettable heat, incorrigible humor, and impossible to resist attraction, item of wish takes readers via 3 milestone eras in a single man's life--his adolescence within the Seventies, his days of abandon within the Eighties, and his extra sober, reflective life today--and reaffirms William J. Mann's recognition as considered one of homosexual fiction's significant narrative powers.

"Mann's brilliant sort is a treat."
--Publishers Weekly

"Mann's writing is sensible, acutely aware and cognizant adequate to take a well-practiced topic and provides it a shot within the arm." --Instinct

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A lot of people have known as asserting they’ve visible Becky. What makes you're thinking that this Warren man is for actual? Did he check with her—” “Get out of the way,” mother stated, pushing previous us to get to the telephone herself. “I have to name Peter Guthrie. He’s bought to get in this right now and contact the Cape Cod police. ” She started dialing. “Is she calling Patsy? ” Nana requested, a bit voice from the sofa. I appeared over at her. She appeared so small sitting there. As continually, Nana was once donning stockings and people monstrous black footwear and a vivid floral-print costume, which Aunt Patsy had most likely picked out for her this morning. I nonetheless didn’t understand why Aunt Patsy were taken away via ambulance. I simply knew that no matter what had occurred, it had without doubt annoyed mother, and, probably, my aunt had needed to name the ambulance herself. I walked over to Nana and sat down beside her. She checked out me with these drained, previous, careworn eyes. “Remember this, Nana? ” at the aspect desk I had put the picture she had given me. I lifted it now and confirmed it to her. “Tell me who those individuals are back. ” She appeared to settle down whilst she observed faces from her prior. “Well, these are my grandparents, Nana and Papa Horgan,” she stated, pointing along with her arthritic forefinger. “They got here from Ballyhooley, in County Cork. and people are my mom and dad. ” “I was once named after your father, correct? ” I requested. Nana checked out me oddly for a second, after which anything looked as if it would click on. “Oh sure, that’s correct. ” She smiled. “Danny. ” Her eyes brightened. “Danny off the pickle boat. ” I laughed. “And that’s your father,” she persevered, “in the christening gown. ” “Four generations,” I acknowledged. She used to be nodding. “And sometime, in case you have young ones, we’ll take one other picture—” “I have to check with him noooooow! ” Mom’s voice startled we all. “I don’t care if he’s on one other call,” she screamed into the telephone. “I have to seek advice from him instantly! he's the detective accountable for investigating the disappearance of my daughter, and i've details for him! i have to consult him correct this fucking minute! ” I had by no means, in my complete existence, heard my mom, reliable Catholic that she was once, use the F notice. We have been all surprised into silence, even Nana. “I gotta be getting home,” Chipper eventually stated, impending us. I nodded. “But, you recognize, in the event you discover anything…” “I’ll name you. thank you for the journey. ” He nodded uncomfortably. “See ya later, Mrs. Fortunato. ” Nana’s eyes flickered up at him. She was once harassed back. “And Danny…” His phrases trailed off as he checked out me with these immense darkish eyes of his, so deep you may simply topple over into them. “Remember. You gotta look after your self. I’ll look after you whereas I’m nonetheless the following, yet after that…” His phrases trailed off. I checked out him. Chipper Paguni. providing to maintain me. Chipper shuffled round uncomfortably in entrance people for a number of moments, then became and moved quickly out front door. “I am nonetheless looking forward to Detective Guthrie,” mother spit into the telephone. “Where’s Patsy? ” Nana requested me in a whisper. “She’s simply taking a rest,” I instructed her.

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