Dancer from the Dance, the 1978 novel by Andrew Holleran, a pen name of Eric Garber, is being revived by Vintage, with a new introduction from Alan Hollinghurst. It charts a life that Garber knew well, the club and cruising scene of 1970s New York, a space he’d immersed himself in while trying to become a writer. As often happens with literature, Garber had to leave to truly write about the place and inhabit its subject. He adopted a pseudonym and chronicled life he’d seen first-hand; the result is a cult gay classic...Through the sweat and haze of longing come piercing insights – about the closeness of gay male friendship, about the vanity and imperfections of men. The more one reads the novel, we realise that what Holleran has given us is our very own queer (queerer?) Great Gatsby: its decadence, its fear, its violence, its ecstasy, its transience.