It's 1985, and Boystown, Chicago, is a playground for the
gay community, with its nightclubs, dive joints, and leather-clad bartenders—though
now the euphoria is tempered by terror. Yale Tishman is among those who look on
helplessly as close friends succumb to AIDS, and when Yale's partner, too,
becomes infected, his world collapses. Makkai's third novel
, a devastating contemplation
of love and loss, evokes the epidemic's horrors, yes, but also the profound
acts of generosity it sparked.