SOCIAL SCIENCES

Out of the Shadows: Reimagining Gay Men’s Lives

Farrar. Jun. 2019. 368p. notes. index. ISBN 9780374285852. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780374719326. SOC SCI
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Odets, a clinical psychologist and AIDS activist, came to critical acclaim as the author of In the Shadow of the Epidemic. Subtle observations of contemporary gay life here confirm his status as one of its most honest, forthcoming, and insightful social commentators. One key component of the book is an analysis of what Odets calls the tripartite gay community: an older group who experienced AIDS firsthand; a middle group who heard caution about AIDS; and a younger group for whom AIDS was not a significant factor in their lives. Odets blends this construct into a psychological analysis of its consequences, including his experiences with patients, making for a humanistic narrative. The work is especially distinctive in its combination of solid social science and heartfelt compassion.
VERDICT The stated primary audience is gay men, but Odets believes that all can profit from and recognize themselves in the emotional content

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