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I am Caucasian, five foot eleven, have sandy brown hair, blue eyes, and am a tender slip of bone. And I am at the hospital.
A coming-of-age memoir for modern times, Bleeder is the incredibly compelling tale of author Shelby Smoak. A hemophiliac, Smoak discovered he had been infected with HIV during a blood transfusion at the start of his college career. This devastating and destabilizing news led Smoak to see his world from an entirely new perspective, one in which life-threatening illness was perpetually just around the corner. Set in the 1990s along the North Carolina coast, Bleeder traces Smoak’s quest for love in a world that feels increasingly dangerous, and despite a future that feels increasingly uncertain. From the bedroom to the operating room, and from one hospital to the next, Smoak seeks out hope and better health. Winner of a PEN American Center award for writers living with HIV, Smoak, whose work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, constructs this unforgettable story of life and love against insurmountable difficulties in breathtaking, tightly drawn prose.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
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  1. Blood
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. A Man in Hiding
  2. pp. 13-19
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  1. The Regular
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  1. Ana
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  1. Sandwich Interlude
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  1. College
  2. pp. 45-50
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  1. Throwing Hope Away
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  1. The Split
  2. pp. 59-65
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  1. Summer 21
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  1. The Pine Cone Did It
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  1. Lungs
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  1. Ears
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  1. Yachts
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  1. Sunset upon the Heart
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  1. The Handbook to Dating with HIV
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  1. My Lolita
  2. pp. 131-139
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  1. Chase Manhattan Owns Me
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  1. Ankles
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  1. The Depressing Effect of Numbers
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  1. Loose Lips
  2. pp. 155-166
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  1. The Unicorn
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  1. Winter Is the Cruelest Season
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  1. Cocktails
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  1. Recovery
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  1. The Open Door
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781609173555
Related ISBN
9781611860696
MARC Record
OCLC
823738511
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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