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Why You Must

A San Francisco Saga

BySusan Gee Rumsey

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Set in the post-hippie era of the Dressed-for-Success 1980s, _Why You Must: A San Francisco Saga_ offers a deftly interwoven series of intimate narratives addressing the eternal puzzle of why smart, talented, educated people so often fall short of achieving their fondest ambitions of artistic glory. Writers, actors, street performers, and stand-up comedians appear in this novel just as they were at the dawn of the Digital Revolution: being social without media and before anyone understood the coming cumulative impact of personal cell phones, desktop publishing, and the World Wide Web. Tragically originating in that same not-so-long-ago age was the AIDS epidemic, which extinguished so many of the brightest creative lights from a generation seeking freedom and fulfillment in “Baghdad-by-the-Bay.” Most profoundly, _Why You Must_ explores the mysteriously fluid nature of friendship, love, and sex in a place and time when the social boundaries between “gay” and “straight” were beginning to blur, and recreations of the previous decade were starting to be recognized as life-wasting addictions. Funny and sad, guileless and wise, _Why You Must_ is a uniquely told tale of aspiring human beings struggling to become the selves they dream of. Some can, many cannot, but all must at least try to follow their heart’s desires — or fail for lack of trying and “die with [their] music still inside.”

Details

Publication Date
Sep 11, 2022
Language
English
ISBN
9781387732869
Category
Fiction
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Susan Gee Rumsey

Specifications

Pages
630
Binding
Perfect Bound
Interior Color
Black & White
Dimensions
Digest (5.5 x 8.5 in / 140 x 216 mm)

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