Jack Holmes and His Friend A Novel

Edmund White

Bloomsbury USA




400 Pages



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A beautiful novel about an unconventional relationship, Jack Holmes and His Friend charts the friendship of Jack Holmes and Will Wright from their arrival in New York on the eve of the wild 60s, over two decades through the first stirrings of gay liberation and the catastrophe of AIDS. Jack is gay, Will is straight, and Jack will always be devoted to Will, but he will also introduce him to women and help him explore a more free heterosexuality. Edmund White explores identity, sexuality, society, and the sweep of history in this sensitive story of a complicated intimacy.


Praise for Jack Holmes and His Friend

"[A] suprisingly, funny and clever novel . . . deeply and genuinely felt . . . It is perhaps his best in years."—San Francisco Chronicle

"An elegant study of the paradoxes and half-truths that emerge in long-standing friendships."—The New Yorker

"Taken together, [Jack's and Will's] storeis form a deep and powerful picture of love, desire, affection, rejection, and despair in a great American city about to become riven with AIDS . . . In chapter after chapter, White proves himself to be one of the finest practitioners of angst-ridden scene-making about people in love with desire and desirous for real love."—Alan Cheuse, All Things Considered, NPR

"[A] narrative [of] real density and weight . . . In the exploration of bohemian Manhatten, [there are] elements and echoes of James Baldwin's Another Country; in the dramatization of suburban life . . . echoes of Richard Yates's Revolutionary Road and T.C. Boyle's The Tortilla Curtain; in the exploration by an outsider of class and privilege . . . The Great Gatsby [and] Brideshead Revisited."—Colm Toibin, The New York Review of Books

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  • Edmund White

  • Edmund White is the author of many novels, including A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, The Farewell Symphony, and, most recently, Hotel de Dream. His nonfiction includes City Boy and other memoirs; The Flaneur, about Paris; and literary biographies and essays. White lives in New York and teaches at Princeton University.