Moments after Milo Graham’s family relocate to Cape Cod, he meets Andrew Witherell—launching a lifelong friendship built on a foundation of deep bonds, secret forts, and plans for the future. When Milo is called home from college to attend his domineering father’s funeral, he and Andrew finally act on their mutual attraction. But, doubtful of his worth, Milo decides to sever all ties with his childhood friend. Circumstances send both men home again years later, and their long held feelings will not be denied. But will they have what it takes to find lasting love?
STARRED REVIEW in Publishers Weekly:
At the beginning of this tender and beautifully written love story, two eight-year-old boys meet on a beach: Milo, running away from his new home, trips over Andrew’s sand art. Andrew dreams of being an artist; Milo just wants to be a grown-up, because when you’re grown, “no one can hurt you.” An initial rift, caused when Andrew reports wounds inflicted by Milo’s father, mends with Andrew’s uneasy promise of silence. Over the years Andrew becomes a caretaker, helping Milo breathe through panic attacks, while Milo, “strained and overwhelmed” by his father’s demands for excellence, longs for escape. Their sexual awakenings occur at different times, forcing them to navigate fear, attraction, longing, and rejection. Their love helps them realize their need for separation, but when they meet again as adults, they wonder whether their time has come at last. Sierra (Hush) uses rich characterization and lyrical writing to infuse this slow-building romance with depth, humor, and pathos. Readers will savor every dip and peak of Milo and Andrew’s relationship as they balance the need for safety with the necessary risk of pursuing happiness. (Jan.)
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About the Author
Jude Sierra first began writing poetry as a child in her home country of Brazil. Still a student of the form, she has expanded her repertoire with her first novel, Hush. She began writing long-form fiction by tackling her first National Novel Writing Month project in 2007, and in 2011 began writing in online fan communities, where her stories have thousands of readers. Married with two children, she enjoys crochet and is an avowed tea junkie.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Picture a small town on Cape Cod, the ocean waves rolling across the sand, and two boys becoming fast friends over sand dunes, woodland trails and a fort they built to escape the world. Milo is a young boy with a horrific home life courtesy of an abusive father and a terrified mother. Andrew, his best friend, is his main source of escape from the nightmare that is his family. Sierra writes the pain and fear of Milo’s life with such accuracy. Certain scenes were gut-wrenching as I felt his anxiety right along with him. Andrew is Milo’s lifeline. When his initial attempt to get Milo help doesn’t work, he makes an effort to maintain their friendship. He knows how to distract Milo, how to talk him out of an anxiety attack, and how to help him let loose just enough to maintain some semblance of a childhood without succumbing to the fear completely. Both boys identify as gay, although they come out at different times in different ways, and although it would seem logical for these best friends to become lovers, they do not. Instead, they hurt each other in the worst way, and part one of the book ends with both of them rebuilding their life without the other. Sierra’s descriptions are lush without being overbearing to the reader. She gives clear sensory details that drew me in to the scene, made me see what the characters were seeing and feel what they were feeling. The story drew me in from the very first page, and there were no spots that I found myself skimming. I wanted to savor every word, from beginning to end, in both parts one and two, and all the way through the epilogue. I own this book because it is an Interlude Press publication, and I trust that their books will always be a good read. I reread this book, and will continue to reread it, because Jude Sierra has created a story in a world I want to live in, with characters I grew to love and root for throughout the story.