Boy Culture A Novel

Matthew Rettenmund

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

192 Pages



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In the bold literary tradition of The Story of O comes this tale of X, a wise-cracking, postmodern callboy who cheerfully relates all the juicy details of his commissioned sexual encounters in a series of twenty-three chapter-length confessions.

By turns shocking, touching, and off-the-charts funny, Boy Culture is a decidedly urban, witty, and salacious novel that wonderfully encapsulates both edgy hustling and old-fashioned romance. Countless complications arrrive in the form of a classic love triangle when X finds that he's falling for one of his roomates (while his other roomate, of course, is suddenly smitten by X).


Praise for Boy Culture

"Rettenmund, with his sharp eye and knowing prose, sounds like one of the freshest voices on the block . . . We need an observer like Matthew Rettenmund."—The New York Times Book Review

"A smart, delightfully lubricious confessional."—The Village Voice

"A startling debut. Erotic, insightful, and deliciously funny."—Lars Eighner, author of Travels with Lizbeth

"Rettenmund is a clever and witty new writer."—Greg Johnson, author of Pagan Babies

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Matthew Rettenmund is also the author of the novel Blind Items: A (Love) Story and several nonfiction titles and is currently a magazine editor living in New York with his partner Jose Velez.
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  • Matthew Rettenmund is the author of Encyclopedia Madonnica, Totally Awesome 80s, and, with Jaye Zimet, Queer Baby Names. He lives in New York City.
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