Scribner Book Company, May 1996. Hardcover. Used - Very Good / Good. Item #262389
In this poignant memoir, the author interweaves two fascinating stories: his own upbringing as the youngest of nine children of a Kentucky whiskey maker and that of his lover Larry Rose, the only child of German Jews, survivors of the Holocaust. With grace and affectionate humor, he follows their relationship from their first meeting through Larry's death. "I'm so lucky, " his lover told him repeatedly, even as he was confronting HIV. "Denial, pure and simple, " Johnson told himself, "until our third and final trip to Paris, where on our last night in the city we sat together in the courtyard of the Picasso Museum. There I turned to him and said 'I'm so lucky, ' and it was as if the time allotted to him to teach me this lesson, the time allotted to me to learn it had been consumed, and there was nothing left but the facts of things to play out."
In the words of bestselling author Anne Lamott, this memoir of Johnson and AIDS-infected lover offers a 'brilliant weave of fear and awakening, love and grief--brilliant, funny, sad, and riveting. It's the lovely story of two men who found each other and in so doing found themselves, found something worth living for, something worth dying for'. Dust jacket slightly dented at top and bottom of spine. Else very good.