by Diane Salvatore
Four couples from the northeast, a close circle of friends, retire together to Lakeside Leisure, a sunny, sleepy community in Florida. They build their lavender dream homes in the picturesque cul-de-sac of Paxton Court and settle in for a relaxing, well-deserved retirement.Until, that is, the other Lakeside residents discover that their newest neighbors are all lesbians and gay men..
Insightful, erotic, and wickedly funny, Paxton Court is a delightful contemporary tale about the comic, chaotic, and sometimes cruel business of learning to live together Diane Salvatore’s sharply drawn and sympathetic portrayal of the foibles of all human beings – gay and straight – is sure to make readers see the complex bonds of friendship and love in an entirely new light.
"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." -Blanche McCrary Boyd
"In this well-written novel full of wit and compassion, Salvatore tackles difficult issues with a light heart and a deft hand. Paxton Court is a reader’s delight." -Jennifer Levin
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."