Quit the Race
by Jonathan Strong
Pressed Wafer Press. 335 pages, $15.
THE NATION magazine once hailed Jonathan Strong as “a writer who can speak for the sixties as Salinger did for the fifties.” Over a five-decade career, Strong has published more than a dozen novels and other works of fiction. If his early work focused on “the rapture and despair of youth,” as James Morrison stated in his 1993 entry in Contemporary Gay American Novelists (1993), Strong’s new novel, Quit the Race, deals with the challenges of old age. A persistent theme of his writing, the difficulty of knowing another person or even of knowing one’s own heart, permeates this latest addition to his impressive œuvre.