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James Magruder's "Love Slaves Of Helen Hadley Hall" Explores Being Young And In Love Before HIV

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(left) Miriam Berkely
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James Magruder'sLove Slaves Of Helen Hadley Hall tells the story, through the medium of a ghostly narrator, of a group of reckless Yale graduate students trying to find themselves in the early 1980s. Magruder draws on his own experiences as a grad student at Yale to create characters who are more obsessed with their messy love lives than their graduate studies. 

The book takes place during the 1983-84 school year, just as the HIV/AIDS epidemic was beginning in the United States. Magruder, who is living with HIV, says he wanted to revisit a time of innocence and "unsafety" right before HIV changed the way young people approach their relationships. 
 
Baltimore native James Magruder joins Tom in-studio to discuss Love Slaves Of Helen Hadley Hall
 

James Magruder will be speaking about his book at Atomic Books on July 14th at 7 pm. You can find more information about the event here

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