The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse (Little House on the Bowery)

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By Lonely Christopher

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Dennis Cooper unveils a mesmerizing debut story collection for his Little House on the Bowery fiction series.

"[A] provocative and refreshing debut collection." —Publishers Weekly

"Praise seems superfluous for a book as accomplished, cohesive, and devastating as Lonely Christopher's debut collection, so consider these words admiration instead, and admonishment: if you still think fiction counts for anything, then you should buy this book right now." —Dale Peck, author of What We Lost and Time To Say Goodbye

A selection of Dennis Cooper's Little House on the Bowery series.

Two boys lie on a bed, one of them is already dead; they listen to Glenn Gould playing Bach and talk about suicide and love. A lonely narrator mourns the end of a relationship and the disappearance of a mysterious object as a frustrated artist jumps out of a moving car on his birthday and runs for the last streetlamp in the universe. Awkward parents and angsty teens negotiate a dark suburban landscape, searching for something they can't name, spelling out balletic sentences of failure and shame. Helicopters menace the night sky, a horse is murdered in a kitchen, victims go missing in swamps of ambiguity, and everybody waits for what the construction of a new road into town will bring: the end of the world or something worse.

The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse, a radical map of shortcomings in our daily experiences in the form of a debut story collection, presents thematically related windows into serious emotional trouble and monstrous love. Lonely Christopher combines a striking emotional grammar with an unyielding imagination in the lovely-ugly architecture of his stories.

The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse (Little House on the Bowery)