Writer Explores Racism, Sex and Gender Issues

The Register Guard (Eugene, OR), March 10, 2002 | Go to article overview

Writer Explores Racism, Sex and Gender Issues


Byline: Oregon Author by The Register-Guard

NAME: Tom Spanbauer, Portland.

WHAT HAVE YOU WRITTEN? `My first book is titled `Faraway Places.' It was published in 1986 by Putnam and subsequent paperbacks by NAL and Harper Collins. `Faraway Places' will be reissued this spring by Grove/Atlantic.

"Grove/Atlantic first published `The Man Who Fell in Love With the Moon' in 1991. HarperCollins did the paperback. Then Grove reprinted it in 2000 because it was chosen one of the top 100 gay novels of the century.

`It's pretty impossible to say anything brief about `In the City of Shy Hunters.' It's a love story, I guess is the simplest answer.

"Will, the narrator, is raised in Idaho, a white boy on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. He becomes great friends, then blood-brothers, then lovers with a Native American boy named Charlie 2 Moons. The boys make a pact to always be true and faithful as friends and brothers to each other, but through the workings of fate, Will brutally betrays Charlie's trust.

"Years later, Will finds out that Charlie 2 Moons has moved to New York City. Will can't stand it any longer, and so he moved to New York also to find his lost friend to ask his forgiveness. His only clue as to Charlie's whereabouts is that he attended Columbia University.

`Thus begins Will's odyssey through Manhattan's underbelly to find Charlie 2 Moons. …

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