The Kingdom of Sand: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Andrew Holleran’s unique literary voice is on full display in this poignant story of lust, dread, and desire—the first novel in thirteen years from one of the most acclaimed gay authors of our time.

The Kingdom of Sand features a nameless narrator who has survived the death of his friends to AIDS and the loss of his parents to old age and tragedy. Now he must witness the slow demise of a friend just a shade older than he is. Semi-anonymous sexual encounters, gallows humor, and classic films are his tools for staving off the dying of the light. In prose that’s in turn mordantly funny and hauntingly elegiac, Andrew Holleran takes the reader from a video porn shop off Route 301 to the memory of parties in Washington, DC, filled with handsome young men, to the lonely facades of rural Florida.

Holleran’s groundbreaking first novel, Dancer from the Dance, is widely regarded as a classic work of gay literature. His following works have established him as one of the great writers of our time. The Kingdom of Sand is a book that will burnish his considerable reputation: a reverie to sex but also a stunningly honest exploration of loneliness and the endless need for human connection, especially as we count down our days.

About the Author

Andrew Holleran’s first novel, Dancer from the Dance, was published in 1978 to great critical acclaim and is now regarded as a classic. He is also the author of Nights in Aruba; Ground Zero (reissued as Chronicles of a Plague); The Beauty of Men; In September, the Light Changes; and Grief.

Praise For…

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780374600969
ISBN-10: 0374600961
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: June 7th, 2022
Pages: 272
Language: English