Save the date! Author Christoper Kelly introduces one of the most interesting and fascinating characters in recent fiction: gay reality TV star Patrick Francis Monaghan, a Democratic nominee for the US. Senate from Texas who finds himself the victim of an assassin’s bullets. As Monaghan clings to life, The Pink Bus takes us on a journey through the past 40 years of his life, from a child in Staten Island, in the middle 1980s, where he first comes face-to-face with the AIDS crisis, through his life in Texas where he finally finds his voice, by way of a hopelessly slick reality TV show.
A month before Election Day, the Democratic nominee for United States Senate in Texas – a gay reality television star named Patrick Francis Monaghan– takes to the stage to deliver a speech. Before the candidate can begin, he is shot twice in the stomach. As doctors work to save him, the reader is taken on a touching journey through the preceding forty years of Patrick’s life. Through a tight and appealing cast of characters, we see Patrick navigate what it is to be a gay man– and a public figure – in our rapidly changing world.
Christopher Kelly is a novelist, editor and critic whose work has appeared in Texas Monthly, The New York Times, Slate, Salon, The Boston Globe and numerous other publications. His first novel, A Push and a Shove (2007), was published by Alyson Books and won the Lambda Literary Foundation Award for Best Debut Novel.