A. C. Burch
A. C. Burch is the author of the award-winning debut novel, The HomePort Journals, and the short story collection, A Book of Revelations. An avid sailor, photographer, and gardener, he splits his time between Provincetown and South Beach.
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“I’m fascinated by the variety and energy of the LGBTQ community and often write of what Armistead Maupin calls “the logical family.” The family we create for ourselves.
My literary icons run the gamut from Agatha Christie to Walter Mosely, Patrick Dennis to Armistead Maupin, and Jane Austin to Bart Yates. From my earliest memory, I have been inextricably drawn to outré characters who poke fun from the outer edge. When pressed, I also admit a weakness for faded glamor. “Little Edie” Beale of Grey Gardens and Norma Desmond of Sunset Boulevard are particular favorites.
My most recent book is entitled A Book of Revelations. It was an International Press Award “Distinguished Favorite” for 2017. My debut novel was The HomePort Journals, set in my hometown of Provincetown, Massachusetts. A resident since 1987, I write in a small shed just a stone’s throw from my house. Dori, an amazing Golden Retriever who has turned tables on the pet/master relationship, makes sure I get out for long walks every day. I frequently post pictures from our walks, which can be seen on Instagram.“
When not splitting wood for my vintage woodstove, A. C. split’s his time between Provincetown and South Beach.
By A. C. Burch
Fleeing New York City and an abusive partner, would-be writer Marc Nugent finds work at HomePort, the Provincetown mansion of Lola Staunton, a fabulously wealthy recluse. Aided by an attractive-but-unattainable artist and an all-too-available female impersonator, Marc investigates accusations of rape and murder that have estranged Lola from a childhood friend for more than sixty years. Past and present converge when a long-lost journal reveals tales of infidelity, adultery, and passion that mirror the life Marc has recently abandoned. When his ex-lover arrives in search of revenge, Marc must confront his past, his notions of family, and his capacity for love.
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“Evocative, funny, and heartfelt, The HomePort Journals
will be to Provincetown
what Tales of the City is to San Francisco.”
“Burch’s exquisite descriptions of Provincetown bring the Cape to life, and the more he reveals about the delightfully crotchety Dorrie and Lola and the effervescent, tragic Helena, the more captivating they become…. An often vivid portrait of Provincetown life and May-December friendships….”
“There are elements of paranormality, there’s a dash of eroticism, there’s romance, there’s mystery, even a faint hint of thriller, there’s plenty of epic saga, excitement, woven together by exquisite descriptions of locations and characters that literally sprang to life before my inner eye… I want you to buy this book.”
A Book of Revelations explores the tipping point—when truth meets deception and a decision must be made. . .
Private Quarters: A coming of age story. With cocktails.
Curtain Call: A spurned “mistress” crashes a memorial for her ex-lover’s wife.
Götterdämmerung: The complex relationship between a maestro and his protégé.
Convergence: An aging artist and would-be socialite hosts a disastrous dinner party.
The Honoree: A local saint’s past unexpectedly threatens her future.
Last Chance: A gay detective investigates a murder case where nothing is at it seems.
The Midnight Suitor: A nephew unearths an old family secret–with a modern-day twist.
Even In Death: Mourners who are strangers “bond” at a charlatan’s wake.
Illustrations by Madeline Sorel
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“Drag performers, detectives, and community moguls meet in Burch’s (The Homeport Journals, 2015, etc.) collection, which features coming-out stories with a twist. All the stories in this collection have the feel of cautionary tales. . . Burch weaves a collection of crackerjack plot twists in which unlikely heroes seize the day. A colorful topography of mostly LGBT–related outings, forays, and adventures.”
“A Book of Revelations delivers on its promise. It will surprise, sadden, delight, shock, and most likely bring you to tears more than once. It is a tour de force of masterful storytelling, exquisite wordsmithing and penetrating insights into those forced to live out their lives on the periphery of acceptance, never quite measuring up. It also offers hope and those gentle lessons that remind us we are all more than we seem, to others, but mostly to ourselves.”
“For fans of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City series, this is reminiscent of these books with the intriguing characters and numerous plot lines, albeit in short story form instead of novels. “
“Each story draws readers into continuums of isolation and connection, introspection, and expression, confusion and lucidity as its characters stumble and soar toward finding and claiming their own voices.”