100 Boyfriends by Brontez Purnell, published by Cipher Press

Brontez Purnell - 100 Boyfriends


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An irreverent, sensitive and inimitable look at messy queer love through the eyes of a cult hero... 

Transgressive, foulmouthed, and wildly funny, Brontez Purnell's 100 Boyfriends is a filthy, unforgettable, and brutally profound ode to queer love in its most messy of variations. From one-night stands to recurring lovers, Purnell's characters sleep with their co-worker's husbands, expose themselves to racist neighbours, date Satanists, and drink their way out of trouble, all the while fighting - and often losing - the urge to self-sabotage. 

A horny, punk love song full of imperfect intimacies, 100 Boyfriends takes readers on a riotous journey through dirty warehouses and gentrified bars, from dysfunctional houseshares to desolate farming towns in Alabama. Drawing us into a community of glorious misfits living on the margins of a white supremacist, heteronormative society, iconoclastic storyteller Brontez Purnell gives us an uncompromising vision of desire, desperation, race, loneliness, and queerness that will devastate as much as it entertains. 


  • paperback 198 x 129 x 22 (mm)  |  196g  |  195 pages 
  • Edition published 2021 (first published 2021) 


  • recommended readership:   18+  |  LGBTQIA+ fiction 


Brontez Purnell is a writer, musician, dancer, filmmaker, and performance artist. The recipient of a 2018 Whiting Writers' Award for Fiction, he was named one of the 32 Black Male Writers of Our Time by The New York Times Magazine. Purnell has played in DIY punk bands since a teenager, including Social Lies, Panty Raid, Gravy Train!!!! and, currently The Younger Lovers. He is also the creator of the cult-zine Fag School, the co-founder of the experimental dance group The Brontez Purnell Dance Company, and the director of several short films. He lives in Oakland, California. 


also available: 
Brontez Purnell & Janelle Hessig - The Cruising Diaries   paperback 
Brontez Purnell & Elise R. Peterson - The Nightlife Of Jacuzzi Gaskett   hardback 
Brontez Purnell - Since I Laid My Burden Down   paperback 


also available from Cipher Press: 
Sara Jaffe - Dryland   paperback 



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