About this Book
"A Brief History of Male Nudes in America" is a collection of 15 stories that depict a broad range of pleasure and pain created within modern families. Nelson’s characters throughout the stories reveal dark, haunting and comic dilemmas of kinship. In “A Brief History of Male Nudes in America,” 17-year-old April has to witness the stream of her mother’s lovers entering and leaving her home. In “The Uses of Memory,” a mother and daughter engage in a conflict over the fate of Franklin, who is the mother’s husband and the daughter’s father. In “Frog Boy,” a boy entering puberty realizes that he is falling in love with his father’s girlfriend. In “Dixon,” a sister remembers her brother after his accidental death, and in “Chocolate,” a person explains their life growing up poor. All these stories show people struggling against the mysteries of their own circumstances.