The siege of Troy has dragged on for ten years, with no end in sight, when an oracle supplies the Greeks with the recipe for victory. All they need is Pyrrhus, son of the fallen Achilles.
But Pyrrhus has been putting his godlike form to profitable use as a go-go dancer in the big city. Why should he leave the party, give up his hard-bought freedom, just because some voice in a jar says he must strap on a suit of hand-me-down armor? Still, he has always known destiny had plans for him, some more glittering future than life as a used-up hustler on a park bench somewhere. So he sails for Troy, hoping to transform himself into the bronzed immortal that history requires. But before the ship reaches Troy, there is one detour that must be made, with profound consequences for all involved.
Magically blending ancient
headlines and modern myth, Merlis creates a fabulous new world where legendary
heroes declare their endowments in the personal ads and any panhandler just
might be divinity in disguise. Comical, moving, startling in its audacity
and range, An Arrow's Flight is a profound meditation on gay
identity, straight power, and human liberation.
"Much as I loved American Studies, nothing could have prepared me for Mark Merlis's new novel. Using high comedy, low comedy, and sharp, snapping prose, he creates a rich new anti-world out of Greek myth and seventies gay life. It begins as a brilliant game -- smart, smart-ass, sexy, and funny -- but becomes very moving, deep, and wise. The book is a cockeyed masterpiece."