Briefly Told Lives

In Briefly Told Lives, C. Bard Cole presents a wild panorama that sweeps from the urban gay ghetto to working class suburbia to the counter culture of punks and sex workers, a shockingly original view of lives lived on the edge of both straight society and the gay 'mainstream'. A broad tapestry in which conventional dividing lines begin to loose their fixed meaning, these characters spin their own master narratives, revealing lives rich in meaning and bought dearly through pain and compromise.

Intense and rewarding, Cole's debut collection exposes the complexities and contradictions of personal identity in a world devoid of grand truths and shared values. Briefly Told Lives is brash and insightful, bringing a very different, hidden world into the literary limelight.

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By Travis (Germany) · ★★★★★ · March 21, 2008
Once upon a time, when I was but a young tot attempting to navigate the cruel cold waters of New York City on my own, I was befriended by a young writer named Bard Cole who became one of my best buds. Our friend Ned Schenck took a picture of me drunk and half-naked and it wound up on the cover of... ...more
By Jessica (Huntington Beach, CA) · ★★★☆☆ · September 12, 2008
Great short stories. I didn't want this book to end. ...more
By Laurie (Houston, TX) · ★★☆☆☆ · February 23, 2011
Odd little book. ...more