• Dancer from the Dance

  • A Novel
  • By: Andrew Holleran
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Andrew Holleran's Dancer from the Dance defined gay life in late 1970s New York. Published in 1978, the novel captures the time post-Stonewall and pre-AIDS where sexual freedom was celebrated and the future appeared limitless.

"An astonishingly beautiful book. The best gay novel written by anyone of our generation."—Harpers

"A life changing read for me. Describes a New York that has completely disappeared and for which I longed."—Rupert Everett

Young, divinely beautiful and tired of living a lie, Anthony Malone trades life as a seemingly straight small town lawyer for the disco-lit decadence of New York’s gay scene. An unbridled world of dance parties, saunas, deserted parks and orgies—and at its center Malone befriends the flamboyant Sutherland, who takes this new arrival under his preened wing.

But for Malone, the endless city nights and Fire Island days are close to burning out. It is love that Malone is longing for, and soon he will have to set himself free.

"The story of youth and beauty and money and drugs. But overarchingly…the story of a new queer future."—Michael Cunningham

A Macmillan Audio production.

©1978 Andrew Holleran (P)2022 Macmillan Audio
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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"The story of Malone and Sutherland has been with me since I wrote it, but listening to it on audio for the first time has given it a new life. The lives and the experiences of these characters have existed for almost half a century now, but never in that most magical of forms—the voice of a storyteller as superb as David Pittu." – Andrew Holleran, writer of Dancer from the Dance

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This is, no doubt, an important book, when it comes to queer lit. Is it perfect? Of course not. Is it politically correct in 2022? Of course not. Does it give people a glimpse into a world, a place, and a time they probably know nothing about? Definitely. My only real complaint about this, having previously read the actual, hard-bound book, is that the reading is, in some places, cringe-worthy. The reader's interpretation of Sutherland sounds like a combination of the snake from The Little Prince and Liberace. I feel like there is definitely a way to read this character's part in a way that makes it clear he's an extremely flamboyant, haughty gay man without making him sound like a Disney villainess. I knew men like this in the 70s. I had an uncle like this. He wasn't a weird, slithery caricature. His reading of some of the other characters also bothers me. It's as if the actor has the idea that the characters are either creepy weirdos or green-behind-the-ears, completely child-like innocents. It's a shame, because the reading of the narrative elements, when we're not dealing with dialogue, is very good.

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