Boulevard❴Ebook❵ ➣ Boulevard Author Jim Grimsley – Newell never really belonged in Pastel Alabama Ready for a change he buys a one way ticket to New Orleans The year is 1978 and the rambunctious city beckons with its famous promise of bright lights ex Newell never really belonged in Pastel Alabama Ready for a change he buys a one way ticket to New Orleans The year is and the rambunctious city beckons with its famous promise of bright lights excitement and men everywhere Newell makes his way finding a job in a pornographic bookstore and renting a room in the French uarter His good nature good looks and a daring stunt in a popular bar make him a uick favorite of the town Soon he has friends Some are harmless like Henry a pudgy sidekick who's a freuent denizen of the porn shop's movie booths Others prove dangerous like party boy Mark Newell's first beau who has a penchant for recreational drugs Finally Newell encounters the volatile Jack who shows Newell the blackest heart of the city Boulevard Jim Grimsley's fifth novel reminds us that Grimsley is what Publishers Weekly calls an accomplished stylist and a complex moralist He takes one character's dream and reveals what can happen when dreams are fulfilled.

Jim Grimsley was born in rural eastern North Carolina and was educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying writing with Doris Betts and Max Steele He has published short stories and essays in various uarterlies including DoubleTake New Orleans Review Carolina uarterly New Virginia Review the LA Times and the New York Times Book Review Jim’s first novel Winter Bir.

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  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • Boulevard
  • Jim Grimsley
  • English
  • 13 December 2016
  • 9781565124004

10 thoughts on “Boulevard

  1. says:

    BOULEVARD Mr G's New Orleans the 'hood' novel For pages after pages his unconflicted main character was dragged through over cloned and boring vignettes of pre AIDS heaven New Orleans life styleThe story line and it's writing was not impressive basically I could not wait to finish this book and get it over withProbably it was Mr Grimsley's own play ground back in his days He might had known these types of characters and related to them but he should have just kept them to himself

  2. says:

    I've liked everything I've read by Grimsley This might be my favorite Seeing the seamy side of New Orleans in the 1970s would be delightful enough but add the fact that you're seeing it through the eyes of a teen from a small town in Alabama who's come to the Big Easy to start life on his own My heart goes out to the boy as I enjoy his life in a way he can't because he's living it

  3. says:

    I am a Jim Grims fan to the core but I'll agree with other fans who put this at the bottom of the list There's still plenty of good stuff going on Grimsley has a way with language and there were several sentences I read over and over again to memorize or jotted down in my notebook I loved the hint of SM really want to see the Grims try an all out BDSM novel It would punch 50 Shades in the face Or somewhere else But ultimately it was hard to connect with the main character and I got a little tired of the porn shop scenes I know me? I would never dissuade anyone from reading it But if you're new to Grimsley start with Dream Boy or Winter Birds or My Drowning And then treat yourself to Comfort Joy and Kirith Kirin And then someday read Boulevard and be like Huh

  4. says:

    I found this book really compelling I don't know that i would say that i enjoyed it because i spent a lot of time feeling so sad for several of the characters but the writing was evocative beautiful and startling and grotesue and languid and i'm very glad that i read it Caveat you best be down for some graphic sex and some BDSM stuff if you pick this one up If you can't handle reading the details of such scenes you won't make it through this book

  5. says:

    Looking at when I started this book and when I finished it seems to have taken forever What with Covid 19 and all the stay at home activity reading seems to have been replaced by other things for the last few weeks However it is also true that this is a book that I read some time ago back when it was first published if I remember in 2003As a current resident of New Orleans I have a different take on it that I had when I first read it Newell is a boy from Pastel Alabama It occurred to me that the name might have been meant to illustrate how bland was Newell's background and therefor what s culture shock he had in moving to the Big EasyHe became very much a part of the 1976 Gay scene in the city become popular on the basis of certain actions he took the way the looked and something about his budding into adulthood from such innocence As often is the case however he managed to get involved with the wrong crowd which scared him As an older gay man who came to the city after maturation I kept wanting to tell him not to give up on the city That it was indeed possible to avoid this wrong crowd and still have a very good time living herePerhaps however that is the lesson to be brought to the foreground by my mature knowledge and experience I had my own issues when I moved from my version of Pastel to Nashville 43 years ago but due to needing to hang on to my job I wasn't free to take the action Newell takes at the end

  6. says:

    A confusinged and unsatisfying book without much of a story or a purpose The indirect streams of consciousness we are presented with in a very dry and minimalist language can at time become tedious in their pointless minutiae and I often found myself hoping for something to actually happen usually in vain The little that does actually happen is unexplained and usually bafflingOn page 266 one of the characters informs us they think the hero is possessed of a larger personality than usual but if that's the case Grimsley completely fails to reveal it to us The chosen structure of the narrative if that's what it is creates an unexpected sense of detachment and despite our being inside the heads of the characters we learn very little about their motives and end up not really caring for any of them I wish I had got to read the book outlined in the blurb at the back which sounds so much alive There are rewarding books to give your time to out there

  7. says:

    A clean faced kid from rural Alabama escapes to New Orleans and starts a descent into depravity Does he escape? This is my least favorite book by Grimsley It is well written but so slow Newell is slow and boring So is his story It was like I feel when laying around at home with nothing to do or want to do Perhaps a point of the novel I could not even develop an image of him in my mind—unusual for me The most interesting character one Miss Sophia seems to pop up out of nowhere to add commentary on Newell and his relationships Her story developed would have been interesting One gets the idea that children should wary of being alone in New Orleans perhaps another of the novels points I did not enjoy the novel 5 of 10

  8. says:

    DNF at 50%Jim Grimsley is one of my all time favorite authors his novels tend to be uick engaging reads that I a victim of domestic abuse can always relate to The issue with Boulevard is that a novel about a twink from Alabama working at a sex shop really isn't relatable Theoretically this type of narrative should be right up my alley but for some reason Boulevard just got repetitive and boring

  9. says:

    This is a well executed I would even say finely crafted but small book The story is unarresting I’d like to see these characters have had much interesting thins to do

  10. says:

    This is the last book by Jim Grimsley I will read It was boring boring boring The plot was boring the characters were boring the sex was boring It was completely depressing and had not one bit of up beat action or even one interesting character The protagonist a teenage boy named Newell with whom I assume Grimsley wants his readers to empathize was a hopelessly naive teenage kid from some backwater place in Alabama It took the first 137 pages before he realized he really really was gay in spite of the fact he somehow ended up working in a gay restaurant as a busboy surrounded by other cute boys and then miraculously as a cashier in an adult bookstore This part of the story has been told so much better an incalculable number of times by so many other authors OK so the author takes almost half the book to take his main character to the all too obvious self realization that he likes other guys so the second half has to be better with Newell fulfilling the joys of his newly admited sexual orientation in the thrilling gay subculture of New Orleans right? Nope Some really weird indecipherable italicized text from New Orleans' historical past springs up out of nowhere in the second chapter I guess as some attempt to show us that Grimsley is a history buff I can't think of any other reason and it has no connection whatsoever to the emotional development of the boy Newell It does add a mysterious creepiness somehow I suppose to evoke the rising threat of the city of New Orleans itself At this point it seemed that the city itself was going to go after Newell and do him harm Well how uaint Do I detect a whiff of nasty authorial judgement coming in the next chapters?The succeeding chapters darken the milieu even with the introduction of Oh My God the suggestions of prostitution going on behind closed doors and on other floors thankfully neither we nor Newell are allowed the moist thrill of witnessing it and even illicit drug use mad marijuana and shivers stimulating cocaine and even worsebut I can't bring myself to list out the horrible encyclopedia of drug names we are presented withThen Grimsley shows us actual sex between men IN BARS AND IN PUBLIC At this point I couldn't wait for the book to end since the horrors and terrors of New Orleans were certainly going to bring the destruction of our boy hero Newell But just in the nick of time the forces of justice and presumably self righteous authors gay and straight come to our hero's rescue and arrest the evil landlord shut down the whorehouses and by implication all the gay bars too and the nasty places where actual sex happens and with us devout readers sincerely relieved thus rescue Newell from the evil forces of the big bad city Phew I also want to point out the considerable tour guide value of the novel for anyone expecting to visit New Orleans The author takes us round and round and round and round the streets in the French uarter I was able to memorize the exact geography of those streets and avenues since he listed them so so many times; sometimes clockwise sometimes anti clockwise sometimes stepping into a bar sometimes sitting by the river each and every time Newell went on a walk It was very helpful Unfortunately and this sadly reduces the geographic detail the author is able to present and indeed limits its usefulness as a tour guide it was always raining buckets and torrents and deluges of rain sloppy mold inducing rain waitdid I miss an obvious baptismal reference? and it was all so funereally dark that I couldn't really see anything Summary Grimsley adds nothing at all to the existing vast number of coming out stories many of which are truly excellent and deeply moving and instead presents a very simple tale very simply told and so completely predictable along with an unwelcome whiff blast? downpour? of religious judgement It you insist on reading something by Jim Grimsley perhaps because you heard he truly is a good author try Dream Boy which is an excellent novel I rated it a full 5 stars free of the moralizing of Boulevard and full of wonder and mystery It is one of my favorites

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