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Author: John Rechy Narrator: Graham Halstead, Cooper North Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781681684741
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The author’s most daring work, After the Blue Hour is told by a twenty-four-year-old writer named John Rechy. Fleeing a turbulent life in Los Angeles, he accepts an invitation to a private island from an admirer of his work. There, he joins Paul, his imposing host in his late thirties, his beautiful mistress, and his precocious teenage son. Browsing Paul’s library and conversing together on the deck about literature and film during the spell of evening’s “blue hour,” John feels surcease, until, with unabashed candor, Paul shares intimate details of his life.

Through cunning seductive charm, he married and divorced an ambassador’s daughter and the heiress to a vast fortune. Avoiding identifying his son’s mother, he reveals an affinity for erotic “dangerous games.” With intimations of past decadence and menace, an abandoned island nearby arouses tense fascination over the group. As “games” veer toward violence, secrets surface in startling twists and turns. Explosive confrontation becomes inevitable.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Tense metafiction, pungent with desire and emotional cruelty…Rechy’s prose is lean and sinewy…The novel is unflinching in its candor even as its events have a tantalizing aura of mystery.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Rechy’s art has always been about power in various incarnations: the power of class and race, of the body and the intellectual…His language remains lapidary and hypnotic, never fading in its own control.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A steamy tale…with a kind of Gatsby-by-way-of-Henry James subplot. Beautifully written.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

John Rechy, a first-generation Mexican American who has chronicled gay life in America, received the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement in 2018. He is the author of twelve novels, among them the New York Times bestseller Numbers, the Los Angeles Times bestsellers Rushes and The Coming of the Night, as well as The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gómez and two nonfiction books. He has received many awards, including PEN Center USA’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the William Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement.

About the Narrators

Graham Halstead, an Earphones Award and Audie Award–winning narrator, is a professionally trained actor and voice artist. As an actor, he has worked internationally in Edinburgh and London, as well as at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. His youthful, easy-flowing voice can be heard on television and radio voicing spots for Airborne and Allegra.

Cooper North is an audiobook narrator known for his readings of books in the Power Play series by Lynda Aicher.