Manhattan, 1963: weeks before the assassination of President
Kennedy, fresh-faced Raymond Wallace lands in the New York Times
on a three-month bursary from Cambridge University. He soon discovers his
elusive boss, Bukowski, is being covertly blackmailed by an estranged wife, and
that he himself is to assist the straight-laced Doty on an article about the
‘explosion of overt homosexuality’ in the city. On an undercover assignment, a
secret world is revealed to Raymond: a world in which he need no longer pretend
to be something or someone he cannot be; a world in which he meets Joey.
Like so many men of his time and of his kind, Raymond faces a
choice between conformity, courage and compartmentalisation. The decision he
makes will ricochet destructively through lives and decades until—in another
time, another city; in Paris, 2003—Raymond’s son Joe finally meets Joey. And
the healing begins.
I Am not Raymond Wallace
is a multi-stranded
story of queer redemption spanning multiple generations, told with precision-tooled
prose, sharply-imagined settings and compassionately-observed characterisation.