Reviews



Publishers Weekly: Sharlach's winning debut is a moving portrait of the gay community before and during the age of AIDS....The author does a masterful job of portraying love and loss in a fast-moving and engaging story that will linger with the reader long after the final page is turned."READ MORE

Kirkus Reviews: "Sharlach’s vibrant, accomplished debut introduces Josh Silver, a young, handsome Cornell University graduate at odds with his sexuality and desperate to dip his feet into the boy pool. Evocatively set in late ’70s Manhattan (“the Emerald City at the end of the yellow brick road”), it’s not long until Silver’s 22-year-old jitters dissipate, he grows a mustache, moves in with some dicey housemates and dives right in by visiting a gay bookshop, then a gay bar. From there, it’s onward and upward..." READ MORE

Passport Magazine: "A smooth, easy read about dark, difficult times. Author Jeffrey Sharlach's plainspoken prose and swift moving narrative pull the reader into his autobiographical tale of coming out, coming of age, and confronting AIDS in the late 1970s and early 1980s..." READ MORE

Amos Lassen: "What sets this apart from other similar books is the way the story was told. The characters are so real that I expected to look up from the pages and see them in my living room. I actually missed them when I finished the book. We have had a great many books about life in the time of AIDS so do we need another? I say there are never too many well-written books and here is one that ranks with the best of them." READ MORE

From Andy Tobias, Author of The Best Little Boy in the World: "I loved this novel.  Simple, honest, sexy and true."

Metrosource Magazine, Paul Hagen, Editor: “A beautiful story, well told…love the impact it makes."