Avoidance (novel)

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This is an article about a book. For the non-confrontational method of handling conflict, see avoidance (conflict).
Author Michael Lowenthal
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Graywolf Press
Publication date
1 November 2002
Media type Paperback
Pages 272 p. (paperback edition)
ISBN 1-55597-367-1 (paperback edition)
OCLC 50852516
813/.54 22
LC Class PS3562.O894 A98 2002

Avoidance is a 2002 novel by Michael Lowenthal.[1][2] It was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in 2003.[3]

Avoidance explores the topics of child sexual abuse, hebephilia and pederasty. It is also about social conventions and mores, and ways in which they depend on environment and upbringing.

Plot summary[edit]

Jeremy is a 28-year-old man working at the summer camp[4] where he spent a childhood summer and where he found a true sense of family after the death of his father. Jeremy now works at the camp as an assistant director.

He becomes infatuated with Max, a disturbed 14-year-old. When Max confides in him that he has been sexually abused by the camp director, who was a victim of sexual abuse himself, Jeremy realizes just how close he came to actually committing the same crime.


  1. ^ "Shunned". The Washington Post. 2003-01-12. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  2. ^ "ONE NOT VERY HAPPY CAMPER WRESTLES WITH FAITH, TEMPTATION". Boston Globe. 2003-03-23. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  3. ^ "Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced". Chicago Pride. 2003-01-25. Archived from the original on 2009-01-13. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  4. ^ "Secret summer love". The Advocate. 2002-12-10. Retrieved 2008-09-03.