Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders by Samuel R. Delany: In 2007, days before his seventeenth birthday, Eric Jeffers’ stepfather brings him to live with his mother, who works as a waitress in the foundering tourist town of Diamond Harbor on the Georgia coast. In the local truck stop restroom, on his first day, Eric meets nineteen-year-old Morgan Haskell, as well as half a dozen other gay men who live and work in the area. Through them Eric learns that a black, gay philanthropist has established a utopian community for black gay men in a neighborhood called the Dump. Eric takes a job with the local garbage man, Dynamite, and his nineteen year old helper, Morgan. The two boys become life partners, and the novel follows them — through job changes (from garbage men, to managing a pornographic theater, to handymen for a burgeoning lesbian art colony), changes of friends, and changes of address (from a cabin in the Dump, to an apartment over the movie theater, to another cabin out on Gilead, a nearby island) — twenty years, forty years, sixty years into a future fascinating, glorious, and sometimes terrifying. [November 15, 2011]
Only his second full-length novel in the last two decades, it sounds as if Samuel R. Delany has recaptured the dark, edgy, sexual magic of his more literary classics The Mad Man and Dark Reflections, along with the broad, imaginative scope of his science-fiction classics Dhalgren and Trouble on Triton.
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