Jeannine DeLombard: In the age of AIDS it is rare to find a work of fiction that dares to imagine what it means for gay couples - both female and male - to grow old together. Diane Salvatore's most recent novel, Paxton Court, accomplishes this feat with both sensitivity and humor. The novel's very premise guarantees a laugh or two: four couples (three of which are lesbian) transplant their lives and relationships from hectic, diverse New York City and environs to staid, bourgeois Lakeside Leisure, "the preeminent retirement community of southwestern Florida." Like their huge, lavender and mauve custom-built houses, the eight gay retirees are "conspicuous"... This glimpse at the trials and tribulations of queer retirement is a fast-paced, absorbing read--anything but retiring.
Paxton Court begins by being smart and funny and ends by being moving and wise. Salvatore's growth as a writer is impressive. I like this book very much."