David Leavitt demonstrates that so much of what people assume to be true in human relationships is based on false assumptions, beliefs that they often accept and preserve because they fear peering beneath the surface to confront the reality of the situation. Can you find examples in his work?
A major genre in gay and lesbian literature is the “coming out” story. How does Leavitt address the situation of a gay child’s “coming out” to his or her parents and siblings and then reclaiming and redefining his or her place in the family unit?
The small gestures in life, the little everyday things are so fraught with meaning in Leavitt’s fiction. Can you find examples in his work?
Leavitt very often explores the situation of the outsider. What are some of the ways in which a person can become an outsider? What are the handicaps and the compensations of such a condition?
Many of the problems that one finds in heterosexual relationships are, in Leavitt’s work, mirrored in the committed relationships between gay people. What are some of those problems? Do gay people seek solutions that are different from those explored by straight people?