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Confessions of a Male Nurse by Richard S. Ferri 
12th-Jun-2006 10:10 am
Oh, speaking of male nurses, the guy on the photograph of the cover of this book reminds me of the nurse who couldn't, apparently, have put an IV in me even if both our lives depended on it. (If I had been healthy, I would've wrung his neck.)

Ferri, Richard S. Confessions of a Male Nurse. Binghamton: Southern Tier Editions, 2005.
Summary: It's the early 80's, and Richard Steele is young and gay...and a registered nurse. This novel chronicles Ferri's adventures as a nursing student and ICU nurse before he eventually finds true love with a resident. The relationship results in an marriage ceremony and everything, but they haven't even made it onto their honeymoon before the threat of the "gay cancer" looms.
Comments: Genuinely funny and chock-full of gallows humor, if you ignore the fact that every instance of the word EXCEPT in the book is misspelled "expect," it's all good. As such, the best parts of the novel invariably involve Steele's over-the-top adventures in the hospital--never a dull moment, apparently, but I think it would be way too exciting for me. (Though I also loved the scene where his mother joins him in his favorite gay bar and gets former tricks to rate him with score cards on his performance in bed.) Ultimately, though, this novel has a moral agenda, and the supporting, loving (overenthusiastic) family and friends who are even more enthused about gay marriage than the protagonist himself are 21st century archetypes, not early 80's. I mean, good grief; hubby of choice Storm is a doctor, filthy rich, and interested in monogamy. The perfect mate, maybe? Anyway, none of this is particularly surprising given that the author specializes in AIDS.
Notes: hardcover, exclusive BCE; trade paperback edition available
Rating: 6/10 - Don't expect anything profound, but there's plenty entertaining and funny to be had here.
1st-Jul-2006 01:39 pm (UTC)
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