A Gay and Melancholy Sound

by Merle Miller

A Gay and Melancholy Sound

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Joshua Bland was born and raised in a small Iowa town where, unloved by his mother and stepfather, he grew up with a lacerating self-hatred. Once acclaimed as a child prodigy, he's always believed that he was never quite smart enough. Throughout his life Joshua has systematically destroyed whatever happiness could be his, knowing exactly what he was doing as he did it, but unable to stop himself.

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I have loved Merle Miller's A Gay and Melancholy Sound since I first read it when I was 18 and discovered it on the shelves of the fiction section of the Annapolis Public Library when I was a student at St. John's College there. Originally published in 1961and long unavailable, it's the first book I helped bring back into print as part of the Book Lust Rediscoveries series that I

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