Once Before Sunset by David Deutsch Cover. The image is an abstract painting of a young man looking at the "camera" while laying on a messy bead in an untidy room. The text is a retro, distressed, san serif font in white.Once Before Sunset by David Deutsch Cover. The image is an abstract painting of a young man looking at the "camera" while laying on a messy bead in an untidy room. The text is a retro, distressed, san serif font in white.

Once Before Sunset

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You can always start again, and stories can always be retold to make new meanings. In Once Before Sunset, Will Belicor wanders through small-town New Hampshire, Princeton, and Amsterdam like a medieval knight errant, reworking old narrative traditions to re-assess his aristocratic New England upbringing and his increasing desire for other men. As medieval knights sought religious ecstasy through encounters with hermits, locked-up lovers, and foreign lands, Will turns to exiled intellectuals, feverish crushes, and the city of Amsterdam to establish his own moral guidelines.

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978-1-948692-56-4 paper 18.95
978-1-948692-57-1 ebook 9.99
5½ x 8½, 200 pp.
Fiction
March 2021

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You can always start again, and stories can always be retold to make new meanings. In Once Before Sunset, Will Belicor wanders through small-town New Hampshire, Princeton, and Amsterdam like a medieval knight errant, reworking old narrative traditions to re-assess his aristocratic New England upbringing and his increasing desire for other men. As medieval knights sought religious ecstasy through encounters with hermits, locked-up lovers, and foreign lands, Will turns to exiled intellectuals, feverish crushes, and the city of Amsterdam to establish his own moral guidelines.

David Deutsch studied medieval literature early in his career and now writes cultural studies of British literature, classical music, and queer American poetry and prose. In his own fiction, he prefers to take a break from historical subjects so as to explore actions and events that never quite happened but that have moral resonances within contemporary gay life. At present, he is working on a monograph on twenty-first-century American gay painting and a second novel set in New York and Oxford that focuses on modern classical music and genetics.

Once Before Sunset is David’s first publication with Madville Publishing.

Additional information

Weight 11.5 oz
Dimensions 5.5 × 8.5 × .75 in
Edition

Ebook, Paperback

1 review for Once Before Sunset

  1. kpdavis

    David Deutsch’s story tells of a young man traveling to Amsterdam to escape his New England home–to get away from the pressures of becoming the man others expect him to be. It’s a coming-of-age tale that addresses a need in our society for so many young people, because the Amsterdam sojourn helps the young protagonist understand his own sexual ambivalence. We need more of this sort of coming of age story for the LGBTQ+ community.

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