Cutting the Cheese
by Edward C. Patterson
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the Cheese Reviewed by Libby Cone author of War
in the Margins
This brief, funny book packs a lot of sharp observations on what we do for love or for money as played out at an evening meeting/party at the home of Sugar Daddy Roy Otterson. To paraphrase the song, Patterson looks at all kinds of love: fresh and still unspoiled, love/lust that is slightly soiled with meretricious desire, the mellow love of middle age. The author manages to cover this gamut without being judgmental, though the characters, with wildy disparate agendas, (the Lesbians' agenda, to their frustration, is mainly that of the meeting), are often bitchy and downright hostile. Patterson, as omniscient narrator, understands that our lives and our relationships are full of agendas, often hidden, somtimes greedy, and he refuses to favor one character over another, even the newbie. A fun book (each chapter is named with a different kind of cheese) that belongs on every shelf.
the Cheese Reviewed by Blue Goddess - Kindle-aholics
straight, this book provided a whole new insight for me into the gay and
lesbian world. Someone close to me, I suspect is gay. I realize that it
is scary coming out, and taking those first steps into a new world. I
really felt for the newbie, not knowing who to trust, who would be a reliable
friends, and who was foe. For me, it was hard to keep track of so many
characters, but that is probably my own problem.
casual afternoon spent with your nearest and dearest 'activist' friends
discussing the best way to go about expanding your group's influence on
the wider community, while supping over wine and cheese. What could be
simpler or more civil? Unfortunately almost every character in this convoluted
clash of cross purposes and hidden agendas seems to be the reincarnated
souls of some of the most vilest, back stabbing, boot licking neophytes
to ever grace a royal court. Into the center of this snake pit wanders
poor befuddled Luke. Idealistically romantic Luke. In over his head and
sinking fast, will the bewildered and beguiling young newbie ever find
his knight in shining armor?
the Cheese reviewed by Mireille Reyns (Belgium)
the Cheese reviewed by Thomas Riccobuono (Cottonwood, Z)
in this twisted little comedy may seem like a stereotype, but stereotypes
exist for a reason. I have personally met people in my life who are exactly
like these characters. I have no trouble envisioning them acting in just
Out Can Be Gouda
One by one, members of this illustrious activist group arrive at the meeting quickly turned party and Luke begins to wonder if perhaps this lifestyle is for him. But then Branch McPherson arrives whom Luke has admired from afar. Unfortunately, Luke has invited a date and when Charles (Chaz) Remsen arrives, his personality lights up the party more than the time square crystal ball on new years eve.
Edward C Patterson offers a hilarious and engaging look into the challenges and opportunities one faces when coming out. Each of Patterson's characters are carefully crafted and I enjoyed meeting each one and seeing how their hopes, fears, desires, and manias would play out as the ever building collision course of personalities, hormones, jealousies, agendas, and love climaxed at the novel's conclusion.
As I read Cutting the Cheese, I couldn't help but be reminded of The Birdcage though Patterson's characters are more engaging and entertaining than the best Nathan Lane produced on the big screen. Patterson's humor and cadence are spot-on throughout. For cheese lovers, Patterson offers no less than twenty-eight different cheeses as titles for each of his chapters - enjoy!
Review by Rebecca Lerwill (Utah, U.S.A.)
4.5 stars for a
Being a straight
woman, I can't possibly understand what it must be like to `come out'
and deal not just with family, society, but most of all - myself, as a
homosexual. With Cutting the Cheese, Ed Patterson allows us a glimpse
of the Gay Hierarchy, as he calls it on the back cover of his vividly
written novel. A very hilarious glimpse, but still with enough depth to
linger. The characters breath reality just as much as the dialogue rings
in true tones.
Lerwill, author of The Acronym - White Nights of St. Petersburg
of cheese to keep the reader cracking up!
Patterson's cleverness and sharp wit shines in this fast paced novel. There is plenty of cheese to keep the reader crack-ing up!
Review by Geoffrey A. Snyder
Decent Coming Out Story
I have mixed feelings on this book. The story line of Luke's coming out was well done. The image of him sitting in the dark trying to work up the nerve to call a gay support line made me want to hug him. However, the older queens were just over the top. They were snippy and catty and flowery and pretty much gayer than anyone in my circle of older queens - they, and the lesbians - were a distraction.
In the kindle edition, there are a couple formatting issues, but nothing to get overly excited about. Overall, I enjoyed the book but wanted it to be tighter.
Review by Yale
Broadway Here It Comes, January 16, 2010
Edward C. Patterson's Cutting the Cheese is a short, laugh out loud yarn about the interactions of several characters at a gay and lesbian activist meeting. The action takes place at the mansion of a wealthy benefactor and supporter of the cause. This book reminded me that the gay community is not homogenous - there are solid citizens, committed activists, leeches, innocents, powerful rich, and others.
The plotline moves along with anticipation. Early on, we are told of Luke's late-arriving date - who is he? Does anyone know him? And, while we awaited this arrival, we learn more and more about each character. The dialogue is excellent, and had me audibly laughing at several passages. The character studies while anticipating the arrival of Chaz reminds me of Beckett's Waiting For Godot.
This book deserves to made into a play - the diverse range of characters would keep any audience interested, while the dialogue would have them laughing and thinking.
Review by Ellen George (Atlanta,
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