50 Reasons to Say Goodbye

50 Reasons to Say Goodbye

by Nick Alexander

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ISBN-13: 9780857896360
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Series: 50 Reasons Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
File size: 561 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Nick Alexander was born in Margate, and has lived and worked in the UK, the USA and France. He is the author of the 5-part '50 Reasons' series of novels, featuring lovelorn Mark, and when he isn't writing, he is the editor of the gay literature site BIGfib.com. The Case of the Missing Boyfriend was an eBook bestseller in early 2011, netting sixty thousand downloads and reaching number 1 on Amazon. Nick lives in the southern French Alps with two mogs, a couple of goldfish and a complete set of Pedro Almodovar films. Visit his website at www.nick-alexander.com
Nick Alexander has lived and worked in the UK, the USA and France. He is the author of the 50 Reasons series of novels. Nick lives in the southern French Alps. Visit his website at www.nickalexander.com

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Richard Labonte

this perceptive and obstinately optimistic book balances passion and pathos with wit that entertains, whimsy that charms, and wisdom that engages
Book Marks, Q Syndicate

David Tickner

An engaging, entertaining and intelligently written book, which will reset the boundaries for gay literature.
Editor, reFRESH Magazine

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50 Reasons to Say Goodbye 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
nickdreamsong on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Bembo¿s description of Alexander¿s writing is right on the money. He is deliberate with his words, lucid and frank in his descriptions. He requires us to distill meaning from the smallest details and allows the essence of each encounter to burst from like a flower, each one different, imperfect in its own way. We are presented with the spirit of the encounters and asked to make our own conclusions. It is the postmodern love story: a man confronted by the world seeks love in so many places, touching the lives of others, but not quite finding the connection he is seeking. Will he ultimately find what he is looking for? Will any of us?That¿s what sequels are for . . .
Bembo on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Mark is looking for that elusive man, the one whom he can love and build the rest of his life with, but search as he may, it seems near impossible, there is always a problem. Through fifty encounters, from one side of the world to the other the story relates his efforts, some don¿t even reach his front door, some get a second chance, and others might just last a brief time. Is he doomed to fail? Nick Alexander writes perceptively, frankly and lucidly and with economy, wasting no time on florid descriptions, but quickly getting to the heart of each encounter. It all makes for a fast paced, witty, entertaining, insightful and at times moving read. The story continues in Alexander's next novel, Sottopassaggio, which I must now read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Comprising fifty vignettes recounting the hapless Mark's experiences with nearly as many romantic disappointments, a story unfolds. Mark is the gay Everyman, looking for his Prince Charming and having to kiss a lot of frogs in the meantime. The writing is tinged equally with humor and bitterness, and guides the reader through all the blind alleys and primrose paths which Mark follows in pursuit of...of...well, Mark hardly even knows what it is he's seeking himself, but he knows what it isn't, and that's what he invariably ends up with. He's continually victimized -- by himself, by the objects of his affection, even by his friends, yet his plight elicits not pity but a nodding understanding. We've all been there. He's a plugger. He gets up, dusts himself off, and starts all over again. He's surrounded by a motley crew of friends and loved ones, some broadly drawn and fleshed out, others more sketchily. Throughout the story, despite the hurdles this man encounters, runs a thread of optimism, despite the bleak and sometimes rather implausible-seeming picture drawn of much of the gay subculture -- especially the club scene. But in most instances, it's a true picture, which is food for thought. Nick Alexander's freshman oeuvre is a satisfying read, undemanding in its straightforward simplicity of style, and can be read easily in one or two sittings. It's a wonderful lead-in to the much pithier and more complex sequel, Sottopassaggio, which differs quite a lot in both style and content, following Mark and Jenny into deeper waters. Find it, buy it, read it. Then read it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nick Alexander has a uniquely engaging style which makes this collection of stories totally engrossing. I was left at the ending wanting to know the rest of Mark's journey...lets hope Mr. Alexander will supply another 50 Reasons. It's addictive reading, like Tales of the City, and blends humour and disappointment in just the right measures. More please...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this in one long weekend sitting and it made me laugh and cry alternately. When I finished it I felt moved and changed and sad that it was over. That's Good Enough for me. expect no more from any book. I haven't given it 5 stars because I refuse to believe that anything can't be bettered.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best reads I have had in years, probably since Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City. The characters are funny and human and the book made me laugh and cry too. I read the whole thing in one weekend, highly recommended.