Men With Their Hands

Men With Their Hands A Deaf Gay Novel

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Publisher's Synopsis

Sometimes your own family isn't enough. Growing up different is never easy, but Michael, a deaf young man from a small town, knows that he must find his true family beyond his biological one. He struggles and fails to find others of his kind until he attends college in New York City.


There, we meet a variety of people from a deaf gay family of sorts: Eddie, an older accountant aching for love; Lee, an effeminate dishwasher with a pronounced weakness for red-haired men; Vince, a charismatic dancer who lives intensely no matter the state of his health; Neil, a brooding woodcarver who becomes a deaf woman's obsession; Stan, a lanky stock boy at the A&P on Christopher Street; Ted, a hard-of-hearing college student with ambivalent feelings about the deaf community; and Rex, an ASL interpreter who avoids his own emotions during the early days of the AIDS epidemic.


It is through these people that Michael, no longer a smalltown boy, begins to create a new family of his own. Taking place from 1978 to 2003, his story will open your eyes and heart to what it means to be different in an indifferent world.


The first place winner of the Project: QueerLit 2006 Contest, this second edition features a new foreword by the author.

Book information

ISBN: 9781941960189
Publisher: Handtype Press
Imprint: Handtype Press
Pub date:
Language: English
Number of pages: 234
Weight: 299g
Height: 216mm
Width: 140mm
Spine width: 13mm