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Sky Daddy: Cannan Parker’s sizzling black, gay soap opera

SkyDaddyCoverSky Daddy

by Canaan Parker

Published by Alyson Books

Published October, 1997
Fiction (subgenre)
294 pgs. • Find on Amazon.com

Reviewed by Stephen O. Murray

June 15, 2000.

Canaan Parker’s Sky Daddy (1997) is a hot tale of some hot tail (Caleb and Macon), specifically a black gay father who has a virulently homophobic son (raised by the mother) and a white boyfriend the same age as the son.

Caleb is a slut in the sheets but is not a punk in the streets. All three have strong feelings about sex and about the female sex that are not politically correct. They (and also a white hustler who was an earlier protégé of the father) have graphically described sexual encounters and erotic responses.

Structurally, the book should have ended at p. 249. Instead, it veers off into another interesting and vivid story about the brief florescence and rapid decline of the hustler and an implausible ending of a now-tolerant son, who has befriended the white-devil dying hustler.

15 June 2000
©2000, 2016, Stephen O. Murray


About The Author

Stephen O. Murray grew up in rural southern Minnesota, earned a B.A. from James Madison College (within Michigan State University), an M.A. from the University of Arizona, a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto (both in sociology), and was a postdoctoral fellow at Berkeley (in anthropology). He is the author of American Gay, Homosexualities, etc. and lives in San Francisco.