James Magruder's "Love Slaves Of Helen Hadley Hall" Explores Being Young And In Love Before HIV | WYPR

James Magruder's "Love Slaves Of Helen Hadley Hall" Explores Being Young And In Love Before HIV

Jul 13, 2016

James Magruder author of "Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall"
Credit (left) Miriam Berkely

James Magruder's Love Slaves Of Helen Hadley Hall tells the story, through the medium of a ghostly narrator, of a group of reckless Yale graduate students trying to find themselves in the early 1980s. Magruder draws on his own experiences as a grad student at Yale to create characters who are more obsessed with their messy love lives than their graduate studies. 

The book takes place during the 1983-84 school year, just as the HIV/AIDS epidemic was beginning in the United States. Magruder, who is living with HIV, says he wanted to revisit a time of innocence and "unsafety" right before HIV changed the way young people approach their relationships.  Baltimore native James Magruder joins Tom in-studio to discuss Love Slaves Of Helen Hadley Hall.  

James Magruder will be speaking about his book at Atomic Books on July 14th at 7 pm. You can find more information about the event here