Don't be put off by the way that characters from classical Greek literature have been transposed to the 1980s. You quickly get caught up in the life of Pyrrhus - a gay hustler - and his friends. This book is funny, erotic and extremely moving at the end.
It was into this parody of domestic life that Pyrrhus was born; in it he lived his formative years. If there are such years, if we aren't pretty much formed by the time we see light. For example, if Pyrrhus wasn't born a sissy, he certainly was one by the time his father first playfully wrestled with him, when he was two or three.