Was K.M. Soehnelin an actor in a previous life? His reading was one of the best I've ever seen. Without detracting from the narrative flow, he shaded each character's voice individually and had impeccable timing. The capacity audience loved it and mingled a long time after he finished. Later, I told him that I didn't think Robin and Ruby felt like the end. He didn't rule out a return to these characters. Buy the book, and its award-winning predecessor, The World of Normal Boys, to see Robin at fourteen.
In keeping with the novel's 1985 setting, several early ACT-UP vets remembered the creative tactics of twenty-five years ago, like the concentration camp theme pride float or the FDA hearing "Send in the Clowns / Time's Up." The world we've lost.