A witty and delightful romance of book meets book and boy finds boy...


ISBN: 978-0-9844707-1-6
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Bob the Book, a novel by David Pratt

“So what is a gay book?”—“A book attracted to books of the same gender!”

Meet Bob the Book, a gay book for sale in a Greenwich Village bookstore, where he falls in love with another book, Moishe. But an unlikely customer separates the young lovers. As Bob wends his way through used book bins, paper bags, knapsacks, and lecture halls, hoping to be reunited with Moishe, he meets a variety of characters, both book and human, including Angela, a widowed copy of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, and two other separated lovers, Neil and Jerry, near victims of a book burning. Among their owners are Alfred and Duane, whose on-again, off-again relationship unites and separates our book friends.

Will Bob find Moishe?
Will Jerry and Neil be reunited?
Will Alfred and Duane make it work?

Read Bob the Book to find all the answers...


“Brilliant. Pratt delivers with a flawless voice, three-dimensional characterization and genuine pathos. Bob the Book may just be the best thing I’ve read all year.”—Jerry Wheeler, Out in Print

About the author


David Pratt has published short fiction in Christopher Street, The James White Review, Blithe House Quarterly, Harrington Gay Men's Fiction Quarterly, Velvet Mafia, Lodestar Quarterly, and other periodicals, and in the anthologies Men Seeking Men, His3 and Fresh Men 2. He has directed and performed his own work for the theater, including appearances in New York City at the Cornelia Street Café, Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center, the Flea Theater, Theater of the Elephant, and the Eighth Annual New York International Fringe Festival. He has collaborated frequently with Rogério M. Pinto, and he was the first director of several plays by the Canadian playwright John Mighton. David holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School. Bob the Book is the second novel he has written, and it is the first to be published. He is currently at work on the book of a new musical.

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Praise for Bob The Book

"This charming novel, recounted by Pratt with seamless insight into the inner lives of books, is told almost entirely by Bob and the books around him—a seductive and eloquent literary accomplishment that, at last, answers the question: What is a gay book?"—Richard Labonté, Bookmarks

“David Pratt takes a classic device from children's literature, the humanized object, and uses it not for a tugboat or lighthouse or velveteen rabbit but for a book on gay erotica. His voice is pitch-perfect as he follows his hero out into the world, creating a picaresque epic about books and bookstores, readers and collectors, conferences and bonfires. There's even a love story. Bob the Book is smart, funny, learned and, like the best bibliophiles, just a little crazy.”—Christopher Bram, author of Mapping the Territory and Father of Frankenstein

"A rare and extraordinary accomplishment. The novel’s basic conceit is that each edition of a book has its own personality and name. Bob the Book makes a perfect gift--not only to yourself but to friends who love books."—Wayne Gunn, Lambda Literary

“You know how favorite books talk to your soul? Well Bob the Book is the story of what they say when you’ve left the room. This is a certifiable read-in-one-sitting book. And after you’ve talked it up, you’d rather buy another copy for that discerning friend then lend your own—parting with this book would be like turning off a necessary light.”—Tom Cardamone, editor of The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered

"Charming is the perfect description of Bob the Book, because it charmed me, and is charming. I didn't expect to like the concept of a world of living books, but I was entirely won over. A deeply charming book. as we travel with Bob from hand to hand is a gorgeous, at times acidly wicked, blend of biting satire, social and historical commentary from a literary and GLBT perspective, but all done in such a wonderful way that you can't help but be won over. Pratt shines light on the snobbishness, the silliness and the wonderful idiocy of parts of the literary world, and pokes fun at it one one page, then--as the best books should--break your heart on another page. If you can escape into the world of Toy Story and if you are a reader or a writer—or both—you will find something in this book to laugh at, cry at, love. Bob and his friends will stay with you for a long, long time."—Erastes, TLA Gay

“A bravura performance. David Pratt plays over the contemporary gay lit and psychology scene like Horowitz at a Steinway. His small gem of an idea goes way beyond allegory or even charm into a humorous yet serious look at what it is that men really want out of a relationship and what they are actually prepared to do to get it.”—Felice Picano, author of Art and Sex in Greenwich Village and Like People in History

"This is Pratt's first novel, and he immediately merits an extra star for what is - by far - the most creatively original idea for a novel I have ever read. It's written to be best appreciated more by an avid reader, who can get the subtle and witty characterizations of the other books they encounter, who take on a personality suited to their subject and origin (including a homophobic, religious book, whose name is Fred). You'll smile at what your books may be saying about you, behind your back, and apologize if you drop one on the floor."—Bob Lind, Echo

“Funny, poignant, lovable, and a great read! All walks of life, gay or straight, will instantly connect with Bob and the story he tells.”—Maurice Michaane, Queer New York

“If you treasure your books and think they might just have a life of their own, or that they just might be able to talk to you, you will love this book.”—Amy McKie, Amy Reads


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