They grow up together as Catholic misfits. They are soulmates and far-too-young lovers. But as the 1960s fade into the 1970s, Clifford Bannon's intensity takes him someplace Janice Rungren can't follow: into the fevered world of gay discos. Though they are almost lost to each other several times, Janice and Clifford's friendship survives, even when both fall in love with the same man. Pagan Babies sweeps through the sexual revolution and into the age of AIDS with all its powers of revelation intact. How the Catholic Church lingers on in the lives of ex-Catholics is also well depicted.
Johnson, Greg. Pagan Babies. New York: Dutton, 1993. Print.