Now that Brad’s HIV has begun to wreck his health, he goes home to Castleton, to his mom and his boyhood friend Keith. He loves his mom, but he doesn’t like her very much. And Keith? That’s very, very complicated.
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Author’s Notes —
Brad speaks of matzo ball soup in this chapter. Soup and lemon curd. It’s true that I became very experienced cooking for people with little appetite and upset stomachs. Sometimes a strong chicken broth was as much as somebody could keep down. And light, fluffy matzo balls are just what the doctor ordered.
Lenny was a big fan of Sunset Boulevard, and he turned Brad onto it too. In fact, Brad was much more a willing participant in Lenny’s old movie obsession than I was.
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