The Rise and Fall of the Yellow House

John Whittier Treat

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The Rise and Fall of the Yellow House

The Rise and Fall of the Yellow House Seattle Frightened by the growing epidemic that has stricken his friends Jeff flees New York for the Pacific Northwest only to realize AIDS has a foothold in his new home As he distracts himse

  • Title: The Rise and Fall of the Yellow House
  • Author: John Whittier Treat
  • ISBN: 9780996540
  • Page: 222
  • Format: Paperback
  • Seattle, 1983 Frightened by the growing epidemic that has stricken his friends, Jeff flees New York for the Pacific Northwest, only to realize AIDS has a foothold in his new home As he distracts himself with alcohol and one night stands, Jeff meets Henry, an alluring younger man with a weakness for heroin Despite the jarring contrasts in their personalities and backgrouSeattle, 1983 Frightened by the growing epidemic that has stricken his friends, Jeff flees New York for the Pacific Northwest, only to realize AIDS has a foothold in his new home As he distracts himself with alcohol and one night stands, Jeff meets Henry, an alluring younger man with a weakness for heroin Despite the jarring contrasts in their personalities and backgrounds, the two are drawn inexorably together But as their love develops, so do numerous complications In an effort to halt their freefall into addiction, Jeff and Henry move in with Nan, a middle aged divorc e who has turned her home into a sanctuary for gay men in crisis The Rise and Fall of the Yellow House revisits the early years of AIDS in the Northwest with vivid detail, unrelenting honesty, and a profound compassion for a generation lost to the plague.

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    1. Don on said:

      I really enjoyed this book. The very flawed characters have a human element that's understandable and relatable, while at the same time exasperating. It's set in a time when people were dying of AIDS but there was no way to test for it, so the character is left with a fatalistic "do I have it or not" kind of demeanor that's a weight on his shoulders. It also deals with addiction, loneliness, and internal turmoil. All of this is quite well written. The ending was a bit surreal and baffled me some [...]

    2. Julene on said:

      This book is set in the early 1980's in Seattle, WA, with a main character, Jef, who moved to Seattle from NYC where he would be safe from HIV/AIDS. John Whittier Treat captures the sublties of HIV/AIDS before much was known, before there was a test to know you had it, before it was clear what caused the spread of HIV, and before there was any successful treatement. The main character fled NYC to avoid the gay cancer, where one of his friends died from AIDS. He keeps a thin line connection to fr [...]

    3. Jeffrey Miller on said:

      There’s a moment in John Treat’s novel, The Rise and Fall of the Yellow House, when one of the characters, Jeff, looks inside the medicine cabinet of a friend who is suffering from AIDS and stares at the collection of medicine bottles:“He stood there and thought: I could read the labels, but I won’t understand what these drugs are for. But I do understand how my world and Raul’s are connected. These drugs aren’t just his. They’re all of ours.”Up to this moment, in this dark and p [...]

    4. Jon Holt on said:

      On this journey through Seattle, through the 1980s, through the gay community, I encountered people and situations that seemed familiar even though I have lived in the city for a decade, a decade later; some were not familiar. There is an exquisite sense of discovery in Treat's book, most notably the main character's and his boyfriend's. People in Treat's novel segue into each other, where two characters are often mirror reflections (even the main character Jeff and the main female character Nan [...]

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