Wallace, Rich. Dishes.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

WALLACE, Rich. Dishes. Penguin, Viking. 145p. c2008. 978-0-670-01139-1. $16.99. SA

It's summertime in Ogunquit, Maine, but the living isn't so easy for Danny, age 19. He's come to the oceanfront resort town to spend the season trying to get to know his father, who was only 17 when Danny was born and hasn't been much of a presence in his life. Working as a dishwasher at the gay bar, Dishes, where his (straight) dad is the bartender, Danny encounters flirtatious waiters and is befriended by a kind gay coworker named Hector, but since Danny is straight, what he's really looking for is a girlfriend. He meets a waitress/student named Mercy, but their relationship has its ups and downs. In fact, all of Danny's bonds have their bobbles over the course of the summer; connection and disconnection are the...

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