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Posted January 19, 2014
The author delivers a beautiful-coming of age love story set against one of the most haunting periods in American history. Easy to ready and even easier to fall in love with, definitely a must read for anyone looking for a novel with a little heat, tons of heart, and echo of american history.
Posted March 25, 2012
When a friend first told me about this new book, my reaction was a somewhat dismissive, just what we need, another book about coming out and AIDS. And then when I actually read it, I was thinking this is EXACTLY what we need. I’m familiar with this time in our history since I lived it (or close, I came into the scene five years after the narrator here) but there are lots of people who don’t know what it was like during this period and if not for well-written books like this, and hopefully more to come, they will never know since the memories will fade along with all of us. Don’t forget the media pretty much ignored gay people during this time (it wasn’t until 1987 that the New York Times even printed the word instead of the medical term “homosexual”) so there’s not a lot in most of the usual databases. So for anyone gay who came of age after the 1980’s and wants to know about the generations that preceded yours, this book will fill in some of what you didn’t learn about this in your history classes in an easy-to-read tale. Also for friends, parents, siblings , etc. of the departed who may want to know more about what people in their lives went through during this era, this book would be a wonderful companion to whatever else they might have been able to piece together. Best of all it’s a beautiful love story, and that’s something the world needs more of. Highly recommended for everyone—not just middle-aged gay men!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I wasn't until I was a few chapters in that I was really captivated by what is essentially a love story. These are real characters who happen to be gay and are dealing with real situations, the ups and downs of any relationship, and sharing joy, and dealing with problems. The portrayals seems very real and the story takes place in places I've actually heard of before (though never visited.) I laughed, and I cried, and thoroughly enjoyed this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.