Homo Novus


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Rattling Good Yarns Press, LLC
Publish Date
6.0 X 9.0 X 0.58 inches | 0.84 pounds

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About the Author

Gerard Cabrera grew up Puerto Rican in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of the first American dictionary, Dr. Seuss, and basketball. His writing has been supported by the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and the Camargo Foundation and has appeared in Acentos Review, Angel Rust, Apricity, JONATHAN, and Kweli. He lives and works in New York City. Visit him at www.gerardcabrera.com.


"Gerard Cabrera's eloquent and challenging novel Homo Novus takes a hot issue and gives it a complex and nuanced exploration that will encourage even greater discussion." -Charles Busch, Actor/Playwright, author of The Tale of the Allergist's Wife and The Divine Sister
"Sex, grace, power, and commitment drive this powerful narrative to its shattering conclusion of personal transfigurations and fearful redemptions. In Homo Novus, Gerard Cabrera's lucid and startling prose pierces the heart, making us rethink our deeply held beliefs about faith, love, courage, and betrayal. The journeys that Orlando and Linus take-with one another, away from one another, and to new understandings - are specific to their lives, and always frighteningly relevant to ours. Homo Novus is a masterful, powerful work-the perfect balancing of the profane and sacred that strikes at the heart of what it is to be human." -Michael Bronski, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of A Queer History of the United States
"Cabrera's Homo Novus wrestles with the desire of forbidden love. As the AIDS crisis begins to surface, the characters in this novel find themselves entangled within the undistinguished extremities of a religious vocation, vacillating between secrets and their own identities. In lyrical and often heartbreaking prose, Cabrera weaves a story that illuminates the unanswered questions surrounding morality, faith, lust and love, and what it means to forgive in the face of loss." -Mario Alberto Zambrano, Dancer, Choreographer, and Author of the Acclaimed Novel Lotería

"[Homo Novus] A potent, pensive and poignant novel in which gay priests delve into themselves as they navigate lust, love, theology, and the human condition. Filled with strong imagery, and dialogue as biting as a bitch-slap, follow along as their pasts destroy their present lives and threaten their futures, in a time where the specter of AIDS draws the last card. Cabrera creates sexy, complex characters who lure you into the inner recesses of their psyches and libidos so that you end up incriminated through your own voyeurism. But don't shut your eyes because you're in for a wild ride with these men of the cloth who disrobe way more than just their bodies." -Charles Rice González, author of Chulito

"Capturing the patriarchal seduction of religion, this novel is an essential contribution to our queer Latinx literary tradition." -Emanuel Xavier, Author of Christ Like, and Selected Poems of Emanuel Xavier
"Gerard Cabrera weaves a compelling, and terribly human, story from the strands of sexuality, self-discovery, secrets, violations, hypocrisy, betrayal, and redemption. He paints vivid landscapes ranging from Boston to Puerto Rico, from gay clubs to the Catholic Church. In these days of fanaticism and fear, this tale could not be more relevant, an eloquent rejoinder to those who would dehumanize this or any community. As one character says: "Love is love." Yes." -Martín Espada Author of Floaters: Poems (2021 National Book Award)