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Carter Moran is a handsome new faculty member at Melbourne Prep, the Melbourne Preparatory School for Boys. After obtaining his master's degree, Carter has accepted a one-year teaching position at Melbourne before he is to begin a fellowship at Harvard University. But amidst the conservatively charged atmosphere of the ...
Carter Moran is a handsome new faculty member at Melbourne Prep, the Melbourne Preparatory School for Boys. After obtaining his master's degree, Carter has accepted a one-year teaching position at Melbourne before he is to begin a fellowship at Harvard University. But amidst the conservatively charged atmosphere of the Melbourne School, Carter begins to come to terms with his sexual identity - an awakening made more difficult by the close relationship that develops between Carter and Adam Proffit, one of the school's most promising students whom Carter suspects may be secretly attracted to him. While Carter tries in earnest to keep his relationship with Adam at arm's length, this is complicated by Adam's increasingly bold advances. Carter is torn between coming to terms with himself, maintaining the integrity of the teacher-student relationship, and fearing that he will either lead Adam on or break his heart in the process. After the friendship that develops between Carter and Adam crosses the line, the futures for which they have worked so hard hang in the balance as their fates are decided by a less than understanding school administration. At a school that prides itself on forging great leaders from the young men who go there, Carter and Adam are forced to decide who they want to become - a decision that will change their lives forever.
Posted April 23, 2008
'The Pelican Fables' is a provocative coming-of-age story about a handsome young jock named Adam at an all male prep school who is secretly in love with his very good looking roommate, Kellum. A twist is thrown into the emotional mix when a new professor, Carter, arrives and for whom Adam develops a strong attraction that may or may not be mutual, even if absolutely forbidden. The dramatic tension mounts as Adam's unrequited lust and feelings eventually cause him to act upon his long-repressed, highly-charged sexual/emotional impulses. For anyone who read 'A Separate Peace' or 'Cathcher in the Rye,' but found the smoldering homoerotic tension a bit too ungratifying, 'The Pelican Fables' takes you where these literary classics were too afraid to go, which is all the way. But in the end, 'The Pelican Fables' is a well written story that is not ashamed of being steamy and which nicely captures the tenderness and excitement of the characters' first homosexual experiences.
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Posted April 1, 2009
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