Making A Life After AIDS

HALFWAY HOME by Paul Monette

HALFWAY HOME by Paul Monette

Crown; 262 pages; $20

An estimated 1 million Americans carry the HIV virus, which causes AIDS, and Paul Monette is one of them. Three years ago he earned lavish praise for Borrowed Time, an unflinching memoir about his lover's death from that horrific disease. Last year he wrote Afterlife, the fictional story of three AIDS widowers. Now Monette is back with a new novel, Halfway Home, in which AIDS again plays a significant role. This time, however, his narrative is driven not by the experiences of those who are defeated by the disease but by those...

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