Wayne Hoffman’s newest book arrives just in time for Bear Week in Provincetown, where the story takes place. In An Older Man, protagonist Moe Pearlman is presented as “40, overweight, and going gray.” In Hoffman’s previous novel, Hard, Moe was a 20-something with appreciable sexual appetites and the youthful looks to satisfy them. Now, during Provincetown’s annual Bear Week, he discovers that age matters and the older men he casts his eye upon are passing him over for the newer, younger editions. For those of Moe’s generation, and many of us from the generation just preceding his, the themes of aging and of time’s passing will have particular resonance.
Moe Pearlman–once the twenty-something protagonist of Hard–is now over forty, overweight, and going gray. For someone used to being the adorable younger guy chasing after older men, that’s not particularly easy. But Moe’s whole conception of himself is challenged when he spends Bear Week in Provincetown, an event that brings thousands of mature gay and bi men to the tip of Cape Cod the week after Independence Day to revel and relax. Still singular in his focus and sexual appetites, Moe hopes he’ll find a hot older guy and have an intense summer fling. Joining him on vacation is Moe’s ex-lover Gene and Gene’s new boyfriend Carlos, so Moe has no reason to feel lonely, but when the older objects of Moe’s affection start looking right past him in favor of younger rivals, Moe is shaken to the core.
Publisher: Bear Bones Books (an imprint of Lethe Press)
About the author:
Wayne Hoffman is the author of the novel Hard, and its sequel, An Older Man. His novel, Sweet Like Sugar, won a Stonewall Book Award. His stories and essays have appeared in such collections as Best Gay Stories 2010, Mama’s Boy, Men Seeking Men, and Fresh Men 2. As a journalist, his work has appeared in the Washington Post, Village Voice, The Nation, The Forward, and A Bear’s Life; he is currently executive editor of Tablet magazine. He lives in New York City and the Catskills.