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Getting Off Clean

By Timothy Murphy

The one thing Eric Fitzpatrick wants is to escape - both from his family and the racially tense town in which he lives. The only son of an Italian-Irish family in a working-class suburb of Boston, he intends to go away to college and leave his old life far behind. But all his plans are set askew when he meets Brooks, a mysterious, wealthy, black student at a local prep school. As their relationship grows ever deeper and more complicated, Eric must come to terms not only with his family and community, but with his warring ambitions and desires.

"An extraordinary tale of young, forbidden love worth reading for both its topical matter and its style. This is an old story, but in Murphy's hands it is brilliantly told, with economy of language and a sure hand. Murphy is more than a writer to watch, he is one to read now."
-- Library Journal (starred review)

"Murphy's subtly charming writing invests these two unlikely lovers with a palpable, irresistible chemistry."
-- Genre

"Conflicts, plus some well-constructed secondary plots, add depth to the story...a richly layered tableau of contemporary life in a small blue-collar town."
-- Publisher's Weekly

"A fresh well-told story that weaves in rich detail the dynamics of a gay character's life, family and community."
-- Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

"A coming-of-age debut novel moving limns young gay love in the racially charged setting of a Massachusetts small town...a new voice that is strong and true."
-- Kirkus Reviews

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