A creative work of fiction, The Light at the Top of the Stairs Is Broken tells the story of Reardon McCoy, a twenty-nine year old homosexual who panics at the prospect of his approaching thirtieth birthday, remembers a vision he had as a child, prophesizing that he was destined for great and important distinction, and he has begun to despair because he has never truly found his niche. His best friend Boosey coaches him along, particularly in the realm of romantic love interests. Reardon, caught in the dilemma of how to live in the world as a gay male without sacrificing his dreams and ambition, finds himself compromising on the issue of what it means to be in love, despite his romanticism.
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Schroeder, Michael Anson, "The Light at the Top of the Stairs is Broken" (1992). Honors Theses, 1963-2015. 324.