Why Ariel Schrag Opted To Chronicle Queer Life Through Straight Man's Eyes In Her New Book

Ariel Schrag has been chronicling queer life since she was 16, starting with her autobiographical comics “Potential” and “Likewise,” and later as a writer on the TV series “The L Word.” Now her debut novel, “Adam,” takes another look at a queer subculture, this time through the eyes of a straight teenage boy.

We meet 17-year-old Adam in the summer of 2006 when he is visiting his gay sister, Casey, in New York. While tagging along with her to underground clubs (queer nightlifers will be happy to see the Hole, the beloved East Village bar that was shuttered in 2005, make an appearance here), political demonstrations and boozy house parties, Adam meets Gillian, a 22-year-old lesbian whom he deceives into thinking he’s a trans man.

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