"Alley’s luminous stories explore a wealth of characters."Kirkus Review

Available in 2019!

13: 978-1-937627-35-5


Also available in digital formats @ $9.99.

Release date: 3/1/2019

Men Touching


a novel by Henry Alley


A portrait of two gay men bonding into a marriage before its time, Men Touching is Henry Alley’s poignant new novel of the healing powers of intimacy.


In 1986, Robb, a Vietnam veteran now living in Seattle, tries to go off drugs and enters a nightmarish world, when he recalls his involvement in a hit-and-run accident in Saigon during the war. After he emerges from treatment for his addiction, he seeks help from his partner Bart, a high school drama teacher, who is in the process of coming out to his family, just as a friend is dying of AIDS. As the two stories unite, Bart and Robb reach a reconciliation both between and within themselves. 

“Henry Alley is an excellent writer. His fiction is artfully artless, clear, concise, and real. Best of all, he regularly tells stories that nobody else is telling.”
—Christopher Bram


Praise for the writing of Henry Alley

“With sensitivity and deadpan humor, Alley’s luminous stories explore a wealth of characters and social types thrown into fertile combinations. His prose is limpid and straightforward, laced with droll psychology. The results are funny, poignant, and engrossing. A fine collection that explores and celebrates the ebb and flow of gay life.”

Kirkus Review

“In this exceptional collection of stories, Henry Alley delineates an endearing picture of the Pacific Northwest as well as some points beyond. In his precise yet vivid prose he gets to the heart of both a physical setting and the emotions of its inhabitants. These inhabitants, more often than not, are gay men of a certain age who are still at the height of their sexuality and draw. The men he writes of are waking up to the possibilities of their sexuality and striving to break free of society’s limitations. But the problems of those cities, especially the scourge of AIDS—the very fear of it—still touch their everyday lives.
—John Francis Leonard, A&U

“A piercing, gripping, somewhat gloomy yet expressly poignant collection that presents men at various stages of life in relationship circumstances that range from familiar and relatable to questionable and avoidable.”
—Christopher Verleger, Edge


About the author

Henry Alley is the author of four novels, Through Glass, The Lattice, Umbrella of Glass, and Precincts of Light, and a collection of short stories, The Dahlia Field, also available from Chelsea Station Editions. His stories have appeared in journals and anthologies over the past forty years, including Virginia Quarterly Review, Seattle Review, and Chelsea Station. He lives in Eugene, Oregon, with his husband, the poet and teacher Austin Gray.


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