by John Irving
Billy, our narrator, questions his sexuality. He likes men. He likes women. He even likes transsexuals. Billy's sexuality drives this novel and takes readers from a young bisexual's coming-of-age to his eyewitness accounts of his peers dying of AIDS to his position as a mentor to a LGBTQ group.
Along the way, Billy performs in plays (as does his quirky family), has a crush on the town librarian, and finally meets his long-lost father, a man with whom he has much in common.
The subject matter is familiar territory for fans of Irving, and the novel is satisfying.