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- Pennsylvania Station
by Patrick E. Horrigan
Manhattan, 1962. Frederick Bailey is a quiet, cultured, closeted architect reluctantly drawn into the effort to save Pennsylvania Station from being demolished. But when he meets Curt, a vibrant, immature gay activist more than half his age, he is overtaken by passions he hasn’t felt in years, putting everything he cares about—his friends, his family, his career and reputation—at risk. As the elegant old train station is dismantled piece by piece to make way for the crass new Madison Square Garden sports arena, Frederick must undergo a reckoning he has dreaded all his life. Award-winning author Patrick E. Horrigan delves into the fractured psyches of mid-twentieth-century gay men, conjuring a picture of New York City and the nation on the brink of explosive cultural change.
Born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania, Patrick E. Horrigan received his PhD from Columbia University. Portraits at an Exhibition, his first novel, won the Dana Award for fiction as well as the Mary Lynn Kotz Art-in-Literature Award, sponsored by the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He is also the author of Widescreen Dreams: Growing up Gay at the Movies (University of Wisconsin Press). He lives in Manhattan.
A finalist for the 2018 Foreword INDIES Award for LGBT Fiction!
Paperback, 228 pages
"Horrigan has the sublime ability to wed history to visceral emotional experience, architecture to relationships, and sorrow to sex and love. Whether it is flirting with a sexy stranger who sits next to you in a Broadway theater, public sex in a dressing room in Rome, or seeking emotional solace in Palladio’s La Rotonda, Pennsylvania Station, with its echoes of Henry James and E. M. Forster, amazingly collapses the profound grief of losing the past with the fear of gazing into a new future." - Michael Bronski, author of A Queer History of the United States
"Pennsylvania Station is poignant and provocative. By exploring the conflicted relationship between a closeted middle-aged architect and an impetuous young activist at a pivotal point in New York City’s geographic and cultural history, Horrigan thoughtfully employs the past to reflect complexities which face the LGBT community today." - David Swatling, author of Calvin's Head
"In Pennsylvania Station, Patrick E. Horrigan tells a very moving story about the love of an older and a younger man, a pioneering gay activist in the early 1960s. In doing so, he shows that the fusion of same-sex romance and narrative realism can still work the kind of literary and emotional alchemy first practiced by legendary novelists like James Baldwin and Patricia Highsmith." - Michael Moon, author of Darger's Resources
"Well-written and accessible, it’s a classic in the making." - Out in Print