Deep House: The Gayest Love Story Ever Told (Hardcover)

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From the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Gay Bar comes a rule-breaking, sweat-soaked, seminal story of outlawed love, weaving the author's decades-long, transnational romance with a larger inquiry into the many ways queer couples lived and loved before gay marriage became legal.

In his second book of cultural memoir, following up his "absolute tour de force" (Maggie Nelson) Gay Bar, Jeremy Atherton Lin lays bare a love outside the law--the blooming of his binational relationship through pivotal years in the gay marriage debate. In 1996, Jeremy meets the boy of his dreams, nicknamed "Famous"--a mumbling, starry-eyed Brit--just as US Congress prepares the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies same-sex couples federal rights, including immigration. Being together across borders means dropping out, hiding away, and seeking out sanctuary among unlikely allies in a "city of refuge."

Layering their experiences with those of past outliers, including his parents' interracial romance, Jeremy Atherton Lin explores the many forms of intimacy and questions the mechanisms that legitimize love. Told through personal and historical memory and structured like a mixtape, DEEP HOUSE weaves a chorus of whispered disclosures of undocumented domestic life with the courthouse battles, media spin, and political maneuvers surrounding the most contentious civil rights issue of an era.

About the Author

Jeremy Atherton Lin is an Asian-American essayist based in Los Angeles and East Sussex, England. His debut, Gay Bar, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography and was named a pick of the year by the New York Times, NPR, Artforum, Spin and Vogue. Jeremy has contributed to The Paris Review, The Yale Review, the Times Literary Supplement, Granta, the Guardian, Frieze, The Face, GQ, and more. He has been nominated for the Randy Shilts Award, National Magazine Award, Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize and Jhalak Prize. He has lectured at Cornell University, University of Southern California, The Courtauld, Royal College of Art, Birkbeck University and Uppsala Universitet. His sound essays can be heard on NTS Radio.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316545792
ISBN-10: 0316545791
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publication Date: May 6th, 2025
Pages: 320
Language: English