This week’s TowleREAD comes from Jewish author Wayne Hoffman from his new novel An Older Man, a follow-up to his debut novel Hard.
Moe Pearlman was the main character in my debut novel, Hard, where he was a horny, daddy-chasing, twenty-something cub in late ’90s New York City, fighting for sexual freedom in the midst of a crackdown on adult businesses and the ongoing AIDS crisis.
AudibleIn my new novel, An Older Man (Bear Bones Books), Moe is back, but now he’s over forty, overweight, and going gray. For someone used to being the adorable younger guy chasing after older men, that’s not particularly easy. But Moe’s whole conception of himself is challenged when he spends Bear Week in Provincetown.
Still singular in his focus and sexual appetites, Moe hopes he’ll find a hot older guy — at tea dance, walking down Commercial Street, or cruising the Dick Dock — and have an intense summer fling. But things aren’t going exactly as planned. Joining him on vacation is Moe’s ex-lover Gene and Gene’s new boyfriend Carlos, so Moe has no reason to feel lonely, but when the older objects of Moe’s affection start looking right past him in favor of younger rivals, Moe is shaken to the core. One thing is certain: When Moe gets on the ferry to go home after a week in Provincetown, he won’t be the same man he was when he arrived.