Title: The Evening Crowd at Kirmser’s: A Gay Life in the 1940s
Author:Richard J. Brown and William Reichard
Publication Date: April 2003
Number of Pages: 155
Geographical Setting: Minnesota
Time Period:World War 2, 1940s
Plot Summary: The author is a naval recruit who is removed from miliatry servive after being discovered as a gay man and is forced to return home to Minnesota. Once there, he finds a small bar named Kirmser’s in St. Paul run by two German immigrants. By day the bar is home to typical blue collar workers but at night it transforms into a meeting place for gays and lesbians after the war. The book follows the author and his friends on a journey of personal acceptance and disapproval from the mass populace.
Brown, Ricardo J.
Gay journalists — United States — Biography
Homosexuality — Saint Paul, Minnesota — History
Gay men — Saint Paul, Minnesota — History
The Forties (20th century)
Appeal: Informative, detailed, moving, powerful, inspiring, descriptive, bittersweet, accessible, passionate, thoughtful, tragic, realistic, sympathetic,
3 Appeal Terms that Best Describe the Book: Moving, sympathetic, powerful
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