John Rechy’s Return to the Island



After the Blue Hour
John Rechy
Grove Press. 212 pages, $25.


IF ALL YOU KNOW of John Rechy’s work is City of Night or Numbers or Rushes, be advised that his later novels, such as Marilyn’s Daughter (1988), The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez (1991), and even The Life and Adventures of Lyle Clemens (2003), are not only worth reading but far more entertaining on different levels than many popular novels by much younger writers. For those who clamor for a more “gay-themed” book from Rechy than the above, his latest novel, After the Blue Hour, ought to be the answer.

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