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Michael-Christopher has always been provocative. Perhaps known best for his graphic novel series “Living The Life,” Michael-Christopher has been cultivating a style for the past decade that is, simply put, sexy as hell. His latest book, “From Top To Bottom,” follows suit fabulously.
From Top to Bottom Michael-Christopher
The story of four close friends living in the Washington, D.C. area, where the author currently resides, “From Top To Bottom” explores the sexual dynamics of black gay men – and unwittingly gay men on the whole – in a fresh and thought-provoking way. Gay men of all colors are quick to reduce their sexual conquests to two little categories – top and bottom – and Michael-Christopher, through his characters Virgil, Clint, Petey and Phillip, helps us consider this phenomenon in a new light. How do we choose these roles? What do they say about our masculinity – perceived or real – and how do the sexual roles we engage in define us? And, perhaps most provocative of all, does real sexual versatility in gay relationships even exist?
Virgil’s struggle is the centerpiece of this story, when a chance encounter during a business trip causes him to wonder if he’s as happy on the bottom end of things as he previously thought. Forgotten desires resurface and Virgil anguishes over the fact that there may be no place for them in his current relationship. Michael-Christopher weaves this story expertly around Virgil’s three best friends, and soon the issue has touched them all, causing each of them to reflect in their own way on how they have sex and why.
“From Top To Bottom” is the tenth book published via Michael-Christopher’s own imprint, MC Books. Edited by Lisa C. Moore of RedBone Press, the book is packaged and presented far better than the average self-published title. An additional read through before the guaranteed second printing is warranted, however, as there are enough editorial errors to distract. Still, Michael-Christopher’s compelling knack for storytelling is enough to keep the reader on track.
Besides, it’s impossible to quit this book without learning whether Virgil finds a way to get back on top of things. Does he manage to? Well, you’ll have to read this book and get to the bottom of that question on your own.