HEAVEN'S COAST is an anatomy of loss: tender, heartbreaking, consoling and, ultimately, incredibly moving. Beginning with the first onset of AIDS and its lengthening shadow over a blissful relationship, the book follows the shifting patterns between two loves as the illness takes hold - the change in them and the change in the way they perceive the world, through the lens of grief. Doty examines the nature of AIDS as opposed to other illnesses, the responses of society, the frustration of medical care and the exhausting - and occasionally uplifting - burden of caring for the dying at home.
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The author of nine previous books of poetry and five books of prose, Mark Doty’s many honours include the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award and T. S. Eliot Prize. He lives in New York.From the Back Cover:
In 1993 Mark Doty's lover, Wally Roberts, died of AIDS. Heaven's Coast tells the story of their relationship, the effect the disease had on their lives, and Wally's death and the aftermath.
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Book Description Vintage, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099731614