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Object Of Desire [Hardcover]

William J Mann
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June 23 2009
Danny Fortunato was the hottest go-go boy in West Hollywood. Determined to make it big as an actor, he was supported by his terrific boyfriend, Frank. But even with so much promise, Danny couldn't escape memories of the childhood he spent traipsing after his mother in her ceaseless quest to find his sister, who had disappeared years before. Fast forward 20 years and Danny is living with Frank in Palm Springs, struggling with a mid-life crisis and about to meet a young man of breathtaking beauty who leads him to confront his choices, his past and the nature of love.

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William J. Mann is the critically acclaimed author of Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines, Hollywood's First Openly Gay Star, as well as The Biograph Girl and the novel The Men from the Boys. He is a contributor to Architectural Digest, The Boston Phoenix, and The Advocate.

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4.0 out of 5 stars "You just have to believe you can do it" July 27 2009
A midlife crisis can be problematic, especially for a forty one ex-exotic dancer from West Hollywood who also harbors deep insecurities about his family, his partner and his current place in life. Photographer/illustrator Danny Fortunato is well aware that isn't wearing a thong anymore, but this doesn't stop Danny quivering with an unfocused energy as he battles forces that seem to be annihilating his quiet life, especially that of the night his sister Becky disappeared twenty-seven years before, the night when everything in his world changed and the night Danny came to understand that he would never grow up to be the man he had expected to be. Now living in Palm Springs with his older partner Frank, over the years Danny has worked hard to erase the boy he had left behind in East Hartford Connecticut and the tattered and terrible memories of his family, particularly his mother Peggy as she frantically searches for her daughter while wrapping herself in an extravagant solitude while in turn Danny is forced to tag along with his mother through motorcycle bars and strip clubs, looking for Becky. Peggy had operated on the belief that Becky's return was imminent.

From Danny's childhood in East Harvard to the present, Mann covers Danny in every manifestation, reflecting a man who comes full circle, while standing on the mother side of the divide. Dreams he realizes are not enough to distance himself from the enormity of his failures except of course when he snorted that wonderful magical powder up his nose.
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