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Product Details

  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (July 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439244421
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439244425
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,869,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chris Delyani lives in Oakland, California. This is his first novel.

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Chris Delyani was born in September 1968 and was raised in Chelsea, Massachusetts. In 1993 he moved to San Francisco to devote himself to writing fiction and has been at it ever since. He now lives in Oakland with his husband, Dan Moore, and their cat, McGee. The Love Thing is his first novel; he's working on a second.

His literary career began at the age of five (possibly earlier) when he started driving his family crazy by writing in the air with a milk straw. (He's reasonably sure he would have driven them crazy even if he didn't write in the air with a milk straw.) Approximately twenty years later, he copied out F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby in longhand just to know what it felt like. You can read all about it on his website, www.chrisdelyani.com.

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The emotions of a heart torn one way and then another, the advantages and disadvantages of "the love thing" shine brightly in Greg's open heart.
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I look forward to the author's next book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Lou on July 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
I helped workshop this book on TNBW and it's a fantastic book. This is one of the few gay/lesbian books that I've read recently that is positive, loving, and very, very readable. Who can't relate to this main character? He doesn't know what he wants out of life. The man he loved cheated on him. The career his family wants for him bores him. But he doesn't know where he should go from here? He takes a dead-end job to pay his bills and slowly discovers through trial and error what he really wants. This is a love story, a coming of age story, an every person story that will touch the heart and entertain. A must read for anyone with a romantic heart.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Granfors TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 26, 2012
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I loved this book for many reasons. The only reason I put in a category for "LGBT" is that I read anything, war stories, romances, historical fiction, lgbt, non-fiction, etc. Some people would not read a book about gay men in San Francisco. I loved the people in this book; I don't care if they are gay or straight; I don't care if they are black or white or Asian; I only care that the book is well written and involving.

Chris Delyani touched my heart with his story of Greg, on the rebound from a broken heart, courtesy of New Yorker, Matthew. Greg is under pressure to become just like Dad, a lawyer. Greg is already not just like Dad; Greg is gay. His Nonna knows this. She doesn't care. His father cares less about the gender issue than the "how are you going to make a living" issue.

Once Greg moves to San Francisco, the local color pops. The streets, the cafes, the restaurants, the views, the Muni, the East Bay, it's all here in vivid detail.

But that's a backdrop. In the foreground, we have Greg, living with his roommate, Tommy, in a beautiful San Francisco residence while their landlord, the mysterious William, is away. Greg finds a job, only because in addition to his clerical skills, he is willing to make a cake for company birthdays. Tommy is a great roommate, who all-to-soon finds his own love, leaving Greg feeling lonelier. He begins baking to pass the time.

The interactions of the office staff become not just a love triangle but a pentagram. There's David, Arthur, the company schmo Wesley, Greg, and then the returned William. Yes, there's a lot of casual sex in this book, but none of it is graphic. The emotions of a heart torn one way and then another, the advantages and disadvantages of "the love thing" shine brightly in Greg's open heart.

If you are open-minded about gay relationships, "The Love Thing" will have you laughing and crying and dying for a piece of cake.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Baker on November 13, 2009
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The Love Thing is that rare thing--a book which, even as it seeks to answer one of humankind's thorniest questions (see the back cover), does so utterly without pretension. Rather, the reader is treated to a heart-warming story with a bracing blend of honesty, clarity and a certain innocence, as well as the engaging readability that other reviewers have commented on. Whether or not the author succeeds in answering the "big" question is a matter which only the individual reader can decide; but I can guarantee that--even if the answer is not forthcoming this time around--there's still plenty of diversion to be had before the final paragraph. Delyani packs his book full of good guys--ordinary folks valiantly coping with life's absurdities--puts them through a variety of wringers, and then, since we have come to care about the characters, is thoughtful enough to serve up a happy ending. But never fear, before it arrives, there's enough drama/angst to keep us interested, and (as suggested by the cover photo) plenty of his signature low-key, quirky humor.

For me, The Love Thing ended up being an uplifting read in ways I still only partly comprehend, but which I suspect has something to do with the character of the author himself. (For one thing, Delyani doesn't appear to have a mean bone in his body.) I'll be looking forward with great anticipation to this talented writer's next novel.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brad Lyman on July 30, 2009
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I read this book earlier this year on [...] and thoroughly enjoyed it. Like myself, the main character moves to San Francisco in the mid-90s and starts finding his way through office politics, housemates, friendship and love. I laughed and smiled often while reading it and the humor reminded me of Tales of the City, but I cared about these characters more.

I enjoyed it so much that when it became available on Amazon this week, I ordered 3 books (1 for me to read again and 2 for friends. I just received them today. I look forward to enjoying it all over again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bill m on March 15, 2014
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This book has been on my Kindle wish list for three years - during that time I read "You Are Here" by Delyani and thought it was one of the best things I've ever read, ever. This one, though, it's as good as YAH and just about perfect in all respects. I just regret the time that passed when I didn't set everything aside to read this story. So long after the publication date perhaps this review has no effect, but I hope otherwise, and I hope that Chris Delyani knows that another reader is bowled over by his talent. If you haven't yet gotten to "The Love Thing" don't make the same mistake I did - grab it now and plan on spending some pleasant hours immersed in a real story with stand out characters. I'll guess that some of this story is autobiographical, but that only gives it a sweeter flavor. Kudos to Delyani for both novels that he's written - they're superb. He's blogged about being in the middle of his third work - it will no doubt be another home run.
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