The Kingdom of Sand

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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6.0 X 8.5 X 1.0 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author

Andrew Holleran's first novel, Dancer from the Dance, was published in 1978. He is also the author of the novels Nights in Aruba and The Beauty of Men; a book of essays, Ground Zero (reissued as Chronicle of a Plague, Revisited); a collection of short stories, In September, the Light Changes; and a novella, Grief.


Praise for The Kingdom of Sand

"So many of us are wondering, how do we live after losing everything and everyone we loved? Some of us have lived through that, from the most recent pandemic before this one. Andrew Holleran's report from the other side is a novel with, if not answers to guide us, questions to guide us. An unexpectedly timely novel--wise, shrewd, and in its way, kind, if honesty is ever kind. And written with the sure hand of a master." --Alexander Chee

"Andrew Holleran writes about desire so beautifully it's occasionally been forgotten that he's one of the best living novelists on friendship. This tender, often very funny novel is a book about that final field of play between friends, when all the masks are removed. I wish it never ended." --John Freeman, author of How to Read a Novelist

"Timely and pressing . . .[The Kingdom of Sand] has the wit and keen, often biting observations of gay life that made me fall in love with Holleran's books all those years ago. [It] is Andrew Holleran at his best." --Jeffrey Masters, The Advocate

It's a cross between the spareness of Hemingway and the psychological complexity of Proust, and a meaningful way to celebrate Pride Month. Enjoy the luxury of great talent, and a literature we can call our own. --The Provincetown Independent

The Kingdom of Sand [is] Holleran's splendid new novel and one of the best books I've read about what Elizabeth Bishop memorably called "the state with the prettiest name."' --Book Post

Holleran is terrific at description . . . Thanks to [his] brilliant gift for characterization, the narrator and Earl come alive on the page, commanding readers' attention to what is a splendid, remarkably good book. --Michael Cart, Booklist (starred review)

Thrilling . . . Holleran is fiercely a pointillist. His observations about the minute details of his narrator's life feel revelatory--and not always specific to the lives of gay men. --Kirkus (starred review)

[A] majestic and wistful rumination on ageing, loneliness, and mortality . . . This vital work shows Holleran at the top of his game. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The author of the seminal queer classic Dancer from the Dance returns with a wide-eyed and wise novel about the ecstasies and agonies of being an aging gay. --Electric Literature's Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Books for Summer 2022

"Andrew Holleran doesn't write many books--this is his first in 13 years. So when the author of one of the United States' most enduring tale of modern gay life releases a new title, we have to pay attention." --Paul Gallant, Xtra

A heart-wrenching novel that explores the meanings of death and loneliness. --Deep South Magazine

Praise for Dancer from the Dance

"An astonishingly beautiful book. The best gay novel written by anyone of our generation." --Harper's Magazine

"Beautifully written, evocative, and hilarious . . . Holleran has the uncanny ability to combine emotional abandon and high comedy." --New Republic

"Superb . . . Erotic heat percolates through these pages." --The New York Times Book Review

Praise for Grief

"Grief, [Holleran's] haunting and unexpectedly exhilarating new novel, takes his longtime themes--loss, desire, the deep joy and solace humans derive from their homes and surroundings--and distills them into a heady, bittersweet aperitif." --The Washington Post