Finding Tulsa


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$24.95  $23.20
Palm Drive Publishing
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5.98 X 9.02 X 0.76 inches | 1.09 pounds
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About the Author

Jim Provenzano is the author of 'Finding Tulsa' (Palm Drive Publishing), 'Now I'm Here' (Beautiful Dreamer Press), the Lambda Literary Award-winning 'Every Time I Think of You, ' its sequel 'Message of Love' (a Lambda Literary Award Finalist), the novels 'PINS, ' 'Monkey Suits, ' 'Cyclizen, ' the stage adaptation of 'PINS, ' the short story collection 'Forty Wild Crushes, ' and three audiobook adaptations. Born in New York City and raised in Ashland, Ohio, he studied theater at Kent State University, has a BFA in Dance from Ohio State University and a Master of Arts in English/Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. A journalist, editor, and photographer in LGBT media for three decades, he lives in San Francisco.


"Finding Tulsa reminds you what a good friend a novel can be. It's about friendship, about "losing men and then finding them," about brotherly love and conflict, and the possibility of resolution. It's sexy, funny, astute, panoramic - it knows about suburban Ohio basement rec rooms and glam parties in the Hollywood hills. I felt like I had met a charming guy at a cocktail party who seemed to get me, understood my past, confided his own, and then disappeared to another better party before I was ready for him to leave. And it's wrapped around a fearless, wrenching narrative about facing your childhood demons, raising the question of whether or not one of the demons might have been you. Read it twice! There's so much so savor, to argue with, reflect upon, learn from, enjoy."-- John Weir, author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning author of The Irreversible Decline of Eddie Socket

"Finding Tulsa is sexy, romantic, witty, engaging, both cleverly current yet sweetly retrospective. It's Jim Provenzano's most complex and accomplished novel. He gets so much right and so evocatively about show business, from those school plays we all remember to Hollywood made-for-television movies, with delicious stops at boyhood Super-8 movies and out of town gay porn shoots." - Felice Picano, author of Justify My Sins: A Hollywood Novel in Three Acts, and the New York Times best-seller Like People in History

"Lights! Camera! Action! Finding Tulsa is a show-biz comedy told by a witty industry insider divulging how plays and movies and characters like "Tulsa" help gay boys survive adolescence, create identity, and worship beauty. What better icons could Provenzano have picked than Sondheim and Gypsy on which to fly his vivid characters, backstage intrigues, and dialogue sure to thrill the theater and movie queen in all of us. Writing at the top of his powers, with his striped tie and hopes high, he's got rhythm. All he needs is you to go with 'im. A splendid romp! Let him entertain you!" - Jack Fritscher, author of Mapplethorpe: Assault with a Deadly Camera and the Lammy Finalist, Some Dance to Remember: A Memoir-Novel of San Francisco 1970-1982

"Jim Provenzano always keeps in mind what the original 'Tulsa' said in Gypsy: 'This step is good for the costume.' Provenzano never misses a step as he suavely combines aesthetics and homoerotics in a work that is throughout deeply touching." - David Ehrenstein, author of Open Secret: Gay Hollywood-1928-2000

"Jim Provenzano must have been spying on me from my adolescence (making short films with my brother) to my adulthood (making gay movies and TV series). I identified with every twist, turn, and blow by blow of this sexy show biz saga!" - Sam Irvin, Director of Dante's Cove; Co-Producer of Gods And Monsters and The Broken Hearts Club