Toss and Whirl and Pass

$ 19.90

In this deeply felt, poetically told novel set against the World Trade Center’s destruction, the dance of life — memory, love, loss — in the age of AIDS and terrorism.

194 pages. Autographed softcover. 2010

Description

Public grief sets free private ones in this story placed in New York City two weeks into the nightmare of the World Trade Center’s destruction. The tale of star-crossed lovers — Yale Battle, an Ivy-educated poet; Courtney Arrington, a famed Alvin Ailey dancer and choreographer and casualty of AIDS — is revisited as the city the men called home is traumatized by 9/11. From the rooftop of his building, Yale witnesses the towers’ takedown and struggles in an ensuing dark night of the soul, until a glimmer of light shows him a way.

194 pages. Available in softcover and e-book. 2010

Your copy is signed by the author.

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 “A brilliantly realized nightmare.” —Antonio Calvo, Princeton University
“… Ruff submerges the reader into a day of a grieving man… with a wry sense of humor…. [The novel’s] caliber and punch establish [Ruff] as a contender in literature.” —Kay Bourne, Edge Media New York
“Weaves seamlessly between past and present [in language] beautiful and raw… [reminiscent] of Andrew Holleran.” —Greg Gary, OBG
“This roller-coaster novel about a grieving man’s out-of-control spiral is packed with… percussive plot and memorable characters… Ruff’s dynamic prose pulls everything together with eloquence.”—Richard LaBonte, Bookmarks Column
“The midpoint of the book offers a late-night sex encounter in Central Park that echoes the darkest, dirtiest riffs from New York’s iconic gay writers of the 1970s and ’80s.’ —Jim Bartley, Xtra Canada
“The midpoint of the book offers a late-night sex encounter in Central Park that echoes the darkest, dirtiest riffs from New York’s iconic gay writers of the 1970s and ’80s.’ —Jim Bartley, Xtra Canada