By Brontez Purnell
An irrerverent, sensitive, and inimitable look at gay dysfunction through the eyes of a cult hero.
WINNER, 2022 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD IN GAY FICTION
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LONGLISTED, 2022 MARK TWAIN AMERICAN VOICE IN LITERATURE AWARD
LONGLISTED, 2021 BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY LITERARY PRIZE
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Transgressive, foulmouthed, and brutally funny, Brontez Purnell’s 100 Boyfriends is a revelatory spiral into the imperfect lives of queer men desperately fighting the urge to self-sabotage.
As they tiptoe through minefields of romantic, substance-fueled misadventure―from dirty warehouses and gentrified bars in Oakland to desolate farm towns in Alabama―Purnell’s characters strive for belonging in a world that dismisses them for being Black, broke, and queer. In spite of it―or perhaps because of it―they shine.
Armed with a deadpan wit, Purnell finds humour in even the darkest of nadirs with the peerless zeal, insight, and horniness of a gay punk messiah. Together, the slice-of-life tales that writhe within 100 Boyfriends are an inimitable tour of an unexposed queer underbelly. Holding them together is the vision of an iconoclastic storyteller, as fearless as he is human.