Listening To Dust

Listening To Dust

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by Brandon Shire
     
 

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Murder touched Stephen Dobbins when he was a young boy and left him living in a void of aching loneliness. A chance meeting with a young American chased away the fear that he would always be alone and brought him the prospect of a new existence.

Dustin Earl joined the military and escaped his small town Southern upbringing with the hope that he could give his

Overview

Murder touched Stephen Dobbins when he was a young boy and left him living in a void of aching loneliness. A chance meeting with a young American chased away the fear that he would always be alone and brought him the prospect of a new existence.

Dustin Earl joined the military and escaped his small town Southern upbringing with the hope that he could give his mentally challenged brother a better life. But Dustin had never known real love, an honest hug, or a simple kiss. He considered his sexuality a weakness; a threat that had been used against those he cared about.

For eight months their relationship blossomed until Dustin suddenly returned home. He cherished Stephen, but felt his responsibilities to his brother outweighed his own chance at happiness.

Shattered, unable to function and unwilling to accept Dustin’s departure, Stephen flew three thousand miles to get Dustin back and rekindle what they had. But what he would learn when he got there… he could never have imagined

Editorial Reviews

Unconventional: Expressions of Reality - Alina Oswald
Brandon Shire is a master of storytelling who, in his new novel, takes his readers on an extraordinary journey that grabs them from its very first words—the dark, reflective intonations of its title. Truth is, when something evokes so powerful emotions as Listening to Dust does, it leaves readers speechless, breathless, and wanting… to read more or to reread the story, if possible, to interact with its characters and their journeys.
Smoocher's Voice LGBTQ Book Reviews - CarrieAnn (Engineer Queen)
This is not a HEA kind of book. Its tragic and beautiful and it digs into your heart and your soul. I've just finished reading this book, and I still have tears drying on my face, my eyes itchy from prolonged crying. Jokingly, I told Brandon that if he made me cry, I'd guarantee him a 5 heart review. I wish I hadn't made the joke. Because seriously it belittles the absolute power of this book.
Joyfully Jay Reviews - Sammy (2006)
I do not know how Brandon Shire wrote this novel, Listening to Dust, for it seemed as though it must have been pulled from the very core of his soul. I can try to describe in pitiful words how beautiful this novel is…how stunningly beautiful. I can try to express to you the poetry, the lyricism of this remarkable book but all would fall so very short of giving you a clear picture of this amazing story.
Wilde Writer's Reviews - Wayne Bentley
There are no wasted words, no comforting platitudes, no perfect romances just life told by a master story teller with a razored and haunting insight into heart and soul

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014979283
Publisher:
TPG Books
Publication date:
03/12/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
130
Sales rank:
723,779
File size:
613 KB

Meet the Author

A distinct voice in gay fiction, BRANDON SHIRE tackles homophobia in a blunt no holds barred attack on your heart. Wielding a ‘rollercoaster of emotions’ in his prose, he is being labeled by readers and reviewers as a ‘Master Storyteller.’

His first novel, THE VALUE OF RAIN was chosen by Indie book bloggers as a Top Read of 2011 and a Best in LGBTQ Fiction for 2011.

His second novel, LISTENING TO DUST is being hailed as a ‘timeless masterly crafted literary work’ by readers and reviewers.

Learn more about Brandon Shire and the LGBT Youth charities he supports at BrandonShire.com

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Listening To Dust 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am at a loss for words. For me the story is so masterfully told, that all the emotions, or the emotion, would be lost in someone else's hand. All the emotions are so well reigned in that it becomes tangible and makes the tale so very true. A story worth reading and purchasing; it exposes the personal pains that individuals go through because of the selfishness of persons and the engrained mindset of a community. ~from my nook simple, horrible time punctuating with this thing
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
"Listening to Dust by Brandon Shire was a very sad fiction for me. I don't read many gay books however, this title caught my interest and I am glad I did read it. The novel was definitely one that was of "love, hate, loss, passion, compassion and much pain." The author was excellent at telling this story that will grab you from the very beginning till the end. I found that as a read this novel, I was left believing that this really happens in real life. You will be left wanting more if there could be any more....WoW! In the novel..."Listening to Dust" you will find two young from different backgrounds...that are brought together and then torn apart. With Stephen his parents had been murdered and he meets Dustin who was a drunk American soldier with a troubled pass... and love is found by these two men, but is torn away due to the fact that Dustin has to go back home to see to his younger brother. How this all of this is played out is a work of art by this author ... after a year Stephens finally comes to America in search of Dustin...and he wasn't prepared to what he found...Was it too late? Now, you will have to pick up this excellent read and find out the conclusion and don't be surprised just how it all turns out.... because "nothing is perfect, not even love." I found "Listening to Dust" was a excellent read that I would recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
tear enducing, sore throat creating, powerful love stry. i just COULD NOT PUT THIS DOWN!!!!! writing . . .great. concise and emotional. sucked me into the story by the end of the first page. characters . . .again, well done. both the leads and the supporting characters were all well done. tragic, believable. even the unlikeable characters are done well. story arc . . .heart wrenching. life can be tragic. sometimes love does not conquer all, it cannot fix everything. if you are looking for a happy go lucky story, this is NOT it . . .if you are looking for a beautifully written story, one that will have you rethinking what it means to love in all its forms. if you want to consider how society impacts who we are and how we love, then this IS the story for you. Mr. Shire has made me a big fan . . .big fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago