Busy Body, a novel. Forthcoming.
Busy Body is a bildungsroman chronicling the life and struggles of a fragile but idealistic young gay man in search of love. The book also offers a cultural time capsule of life in New York during the tumultuous years from 2001 to 2021.
Set against the backdrop of post-9/11 New York City, Busy Body follows JT on his darkly comic twenty-year journey. He searches avidly, almost obsessively, for love in the mercurial, opportunistic, and brutal world of gay men. Suffering from abuse and self-loathing, he finds sex more often than the relationships he longs for. A near-fatal accident sends him down a long road toward recovery. Along the way, he explores the art world and nightlife, offering wry and incisive reflections on cinema, philosophy, and queer identity amid the book’s greater themes of love, loss, trauma, and healing.