Immaculate Blue: A Novel
From the award-winning author of The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov comes the brilliantly conceived and precisely rendered novel Immaculate Blue, which explores the lives of four people — Anatole, Leigh, Chris, and Lydia — and their intermingled and unwinding desires. Set in upstate New York, the novel follows these characters as they achieve their aims in lives redolent with loss and hope, humor and sadness, union and alienation. Russell picks up the thread of his critically acclaimed novel The Salt Point 20 years later and tracks the lives of these friends, some of whom not only lost touch with each other but have also lost their way. Moving, at times shocking, and always memorable, Immaculate Blue points to where the personal and the political come together and shape our lives in unexpected ways. With this newest novel, Paul Russell reminds us of why he is one of the most important voices on the literary scene.
"With Immaculate Blue, Paul Russell brings to a close four memorable friendships that loved deeply enough to always risk its often faltering arrows--they still risk it as a means of trying to stay alive. It reminds us once again why he is one of our best gay novelists exploring the nature of the heart and its resting places." -- Lambda Literary Praise for The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov: "A story that will make you laugh and smile then breaks your heart, this is a rich tapestry of the human condition. Highly recommended." -- Library Journal
Paul Russell is the author of The Salt Point, Sea of Tranquility, and the Ferro-Grumley Award--winning The Coming Storm. The recipient of many nominations and awards for his writing, he is the author of The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov, named by The Washington Post as one of the five most important books of the year. A writing professor at Vassar and the only author to have received the Ferro-Grumley Award twice, he lives in Poughkeepsie, NY.