Once a recluse, 30-year-old Benjamin Oldman spends his nights and weekends carousing with fellow construction workers, looking for the perfect bar, which ultimately leads him to Club Heaven—the most popular gay nightclub in Oklahoma City. Though he prefers women, Benjamin instantly takes a shine to the place with its dark, brooding atmosphere and heart-pounding music. Plus, he meets plenty of eccentrics and misfits such as himself, including three women who turn his world upside down.
Porsche, a transgender who lives as a black woman, takes Benjamin under her wing and becomes his strongest ally and mentor. Then there’s Laura, a self-proclaimed “crazy bitch”, who brings out Benjamin’s wild side…and Barbie, a free-spirited woman in her twenties who Benjamin falls in love with despite an age gap and her ever-increasing dependence on heroin. Benjamin never thought he’d have to compete against an illegal substance—or that his “coming out” might lead to his undoing.
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The gay scene of the 1990s—or the Gay Nineties, as author Bryan Foreman fondly refers to it—is a world and time period that he’s well-acquainted with. He went from a clueless twenty-something to a clueless thirty-something in the early nineties and most of his friends were gay, even though he’s hopelessly heterosexual. He lost a lot of those friends to the AIDS epidemic, sadly enough. They were an amazing group of people and he feels incredibly honored to tell their story. A native of Oklahoma City, Foreman graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in professional writing. With a strong passion for storytelling and inspired by
such literary giants as Mark Twain and Emily Brontë, he is currently at work on his fourth novel, another semi-autobiography spanning from his childhood to his late twenties and also focusing on LGBTQ issues, family relationships, love, and friendship.
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