Thomas, a seventeen year old with little faith in humanity and no aspirations in life takes up with aging artist Bernard. Bernard is well known for not only his art, but for being gay. Thomas finds him odd and creepy at first, but increasingly fascinating. With Bernard's guiding hand, Thomas learns to appreciate changes, objects, life, and relationships.
From reviews, I gather that Bernard is in his early 50's, and things do happen between him and Thomas later on. Thomas has at least one birthday in the span of the book. I haven't read it yet, but I have wanted to for a few months. I'm going to read it when the book gets here (I just ordered it) regardless of the opinions expressed in the comments. But I was wondering what you guys think about a story like that.