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Tommy's Tale

(2002)
A Novel of Sex, Confusion, and Happy Endings
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"Until yesterday I'd had a carefree existence. It was great. I had a laugh with Charlie, we went out, did drugs, had great sex, had a laugh, I saw Finn, I had a laugh. And now today, today, since the second I opened my eyes, the pair of them had turned into ogres of potential angst, pain, and -- oh no, the worst of all -- responsibility."

Tommy is twenty-nine, lives and loves in London, and has a morbid fear of the c word -- commitment, the b word -- boyfriend, and the f word -- forgetting to call his drug dealer before the weekend. But when he begins to feel the urge to become a father, he starts to wonder if his chosen lifestyle can ever make him happy. His flatmates, the eccentric, maternal Sadie and the stoic, supportive Bobby, encourage Tommy to tone down his lifestyle a wee bit and accept the fact that he's got to grow up sometime. His boyfriend, Charlie (whose son, Finn, is the epitome of childhood charm), wishes that Tommy could make a real commitment to their relationship. But can he?

Faced with the choice of maintaining his hedonistic, drugged-out, and admittedly fabulous existence or chucking it all in favor of a far more sensitive, fulfilling, and -- let's face its -- lightly staid lifestyle, Tommy finds himself in a true quandary. Through a series of adventures and misadventures that lead him from London nightspots to New York bedrooms and back, our boy Tommy manages to answer some of life's most pressing questions -- and even some he never thought to ask.

Perfectly pitched, with scathing witticisms and deadpan observations, Tommy's Tale is a rollicking, tongue-in-cheek opus of absolute debauchery and reluctant redemption that's simply not to be missed.

 
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Hardback Editions

August 2002 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Tommy's Tale
Author(s): Alan Cumming
ISBN: 0-06-039444-7 / 978-0-06-039444-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Regan Books
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Paperback Editions

June 2014 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Tommy's Tale: A Novel of Sex, Confusion, and Happy Endings
Author(s): Alan Cumming
ISBN: 0-06-232161-7 / 978-0-06-232161-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: It Books
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May 2004 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Tommy's Tale: A Novel
Author(s): Alan Cumming
ISBN: 0-14-100376-6 / 978-0-14-100376-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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October 2003 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Tommy's Tale
Author(s): Alan Cumming
ISBN: 0-06-098927-0 / 978-0-06-098927-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: ReganBooks
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2002 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Tommy's Tale
Author(s): Alan Cumming
ISBN: 0-7181-4489-9 / 978-0-7181-4489-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd
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