Los Angeles has no ghettos, according to some. And that is nearly true. But even behind the sun-kissed façade of privilege in its Black upper middle class is a harsher reality....
So begins the tale of Dorian Moore, a seductive young man who provides comfort to the moneyed, the neglected, the lost, and the lonely in an elegant hilltop community in Southern California -- Maggie Lester Allegro among them.
Disillusioned by a loveless marriage, Maggie finds support in her small circle of women friends, and sexual healing in Dorian's arms. But the blessing brought by this pretty black man soon becomes a fatal curse for Maggie and her husband, Lamont. When Lamont -- the son of an influential member of the Baldwin Hills gentry -- seeks sexual solace outside the marriage, a series of terrible truths come to light...and soon he begins to crumble under the weight of his own family secrets and lies that threaten to shatter his carefully guarded life.
Poetically rendered and provocative, In Search of Pretty Young Black Men is an illuminating novel that challenges our notions of sex, success, prestige, and, most of all, love.
Stanley Bennett Clay has received three NAACP Theatre Awards for writing, directing, and coproducing the critically acclaimed play Ritual, as well as a Pan African Film Festival Jury Award for the film adaptation. The author of Diva and In Search of Pretty Young Black Men, he lives in Los Angeles.
"[A]n engaging novel...and the erotic scenes are as steamy as they come!" -- Zane
"[A] sexy tale...[Clay] manages to give this novel the tension of live drama." -- Time Out
"A lust-laced hallelujah." -- G. B. Mann, author of Low Hanging Fruit
"A beautifully crafted, irreverent, sometimes wickedly funny look at...Southern California's black elite." -- Tina Andrews, screenwriter, producer of Sally Hemmings: An American Scandal
"A well-told story that never fails to keep one turning the pages quickly." -- Frontiers magazine
"[A] provocative -- often shocking -- tale of lost love, good sex, and secret longings told with a poetic boldness...Brilliant and unforgettable!" -- E. Lynn Harris, bestselling author of What Becomes of the Brokenhearted: A Memoir