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   Getting Life in Perspective, by Toby Johnson  
 
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      GETTING LIFE IN PERSPECTIVE is a post-modern novel about a big city literary editor who, when faced with serious illness, retires to the country to relieve stress and to write the novel he's always been intending to write. Living alone in a ramshackle old mansion in the Texas Hill Country, he begins to imagine that the characters of his novel are real. Two young gay men from the 1890s
    then appear to him and recount the story of their lives.
    In the turn-of-the-century story, the two characters, having managed to find one another against great odds, seek refuge in a gay utopian colony in Colorado loosely modeled after Edward Carpenter's farm in Sussex, England. There they discover a gay positive, post-Christian, Whitman-inspired spirituality. The writer is never clear whether he is seeing ghosts or simply very vividly
    creating his novel. But the Topper-esque ghosts playfully assist him in coming to terms with his own self-pity and fear of dying.

    It's a sweet, occasionally sexy, historical romance with a contemporary spiritual/philosophical message woven in--along with justs a touch of the Twilight Zone.

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