Overview

Chosen by Indie book bloggers as a "Best in LGBTQ Fiction for 2011" and a "Top Read of 2011."

Charles is 14, and after being discovered with his first love he is forced into a mental hospital to cure his sexuality . For the next ten years he endures mental and physical torture as part of that treatment and when he is finally free, he begins a relentless quest for vengeance ...
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The Value Of Rain

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Overview

Chosen by Indie book bloggers as a "Best in LGBTQ Fiction for 2011" and a "Top Read of 2011."

Charles is 14, and after being discovered with his first love he is forced into a mental hospital to cure his sexuality . For the next ten years he endures mental and physical torture as part of that treatment and when he is finally free, he begins a relentless quest for vengeance against the woman who abetted his commitment, his mother Charlotte.

The Value of Rain chronicles Charles’ journey from hate to the unexpected beginning of redemption, and reveals the destructive nature of families, secrets and revenge.

Half the proceeds from this book are donated to LGBT Youth Charities.
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Editorial Reviews

Indie Reviews - Indigene unk
BEST IN LGBTQ FICTION FOR 2011
Mr. Shire’s distinct literary style not only captures the emotional magnitude of the experiences of Charles and the other characters in this novel, his writing envelopes the reader within it. His use of language is quite distinct in that the novel is written in a lyrical and poetic style with beautiful prose and subtle descriptions juxtaposed the brutality and horror that Charles and the others endure. This story resonated with me on a number of levels.
Bending the Bookshelf - Sally Bribary
Gay, straight, or in between, human stories don't get much more powerful than in Brandon Shire's The Value Of Rain.

A powerfully moving read, it also comes with a note of caution for anybody who has ever felt like an outsider, who has ever been shunned or made to feel ashamed - this is a book that will make you think, feel, and sympathize, whether you want to or not.
The Reading Life - Mel U
A TOP READ OF 2011
The language in the book goes from lyrical passages you will read over and over for their sheer beauty to sections that are quite jarring in their depictions of the cruelty and hatred in the world of Charles and his family.

This is an intense deeply felt very emotional honest book. At times Charles hatred for his mother is not easy to take but for sure it is real.
Zencherry - Maureen Hoverdale
It is not a book for the faint of heart and yet holds poetry within its lines that, at times, made me go back to reread just to see the weaving of words again. Even a minor character is given a creational focus and the reader comes away stunned with the incredible talent it took to achieve that.

Independent authors again and again prove to me that this new way of publishing has opened the flood gates to an artistic revolution unshackling readers once and for all.
Bittersweet reviews - Aurora ukn
The language is beautiful but the overall tone is so heartbreakingly emotional, it can be downright painful to read at times which may make the book sound too depressing for some readers. If you are looking for something light to read, then The Value of Rain isn’t for you but if you want to read a story that will wrench your heart and make you feel something, then give it a go.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014979290
  • Publisher: TPG Books
  • Publication date: 7/23/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 214
  • Sales rank: 882,134
  • File size: 227 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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