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100 Boyfriends

100 Boyfriends

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ANew York Times Book ReviewEditors' Choice."This hurricane of delirious, lonely, lewd tales is a taxonomy and grand unified theory of the boyfriend, in every tense." --Parul Sehgal,The New York Times

One ofVulture,LitHub, The Millions,andPaperback Paris's Most Anticipated Books of 2021, one ofCosmopolitan's 30 New LGBTQ+ Books to Add to Your Reading List in 2021 and one ofThe Advocate's 22 LGBTQ+ Books You Absolutely Need to Read This Year


An irrerverent, sensitive, and inimitable look at gay dysfunction through the eyes of a cult hero

Transgressive, foulmouthed, and brutally funny, Brontez Purnellā€™s100 Boyfriends is a revelatory spiral into the imperfect lives of queer men desperately fighting the urge to self-sabotage. As they tiptoe through minefields of romantic, substance-fueled misadventureā€”from dirty warehouses and gentrified bars in Oakland to desolate farm towns in Alabamaā€”Purnellā€™s characters strive for belonging in a world that dismisses them for being Black, broke, and queer. In spite of itā€”or perhaps because of itā€”they shine.

Armed with a deadpan wit, Purnell finds humor in even the darkest of nadirs with the peerless zeal, insight, and horniness of a gay punk messiah. Together, the slice-of-life tales that writhe within100 Boyfriends are an inimitable tour of an unexposed queer underbelly. Holding them together is the vision of an iconoclastic storyteller, as fearless as he is human.