Martin takes the day off from work to make an elaborate meal for his friend Stella and the blind date who could be Martin’s match. Matt certainly is charming and good-looking, but — as both Martin and Stella discover before the entrée is served — he is also straight. Yet by evening’s end, Martin is irrevocably drawn to this magnetic, spirited, and unattainable man.

So Martin obliges when Matt finds himself needing a place to stay, and the two embark upon an oddly comfortable relationship that involves every shade of intimacy but sex. The closer Martin gets to Matt, however, the more he realizes that his enigmatic roommate may not be all that he seems.

Jesse Green is a much anthologized, award-winning journalist. A regular contributor to The New York Times, he covers theater for the Arts & Leisure section and writes about broader cultural topics for the Magazine. His work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, New York Magazine and The Yale Review. On radio, Green is a frequent contributor to WNYC’s The Next Big Thing and has been featured as a cultural critic on All Things Considered. In addition to his journalism, Green is the author of THE VELVETEEN FATHER: An Unexpected Journey to Parenthood, which was named one of the best nonfiction books of the year in 1999 by The Los Angeles Times Book Review.