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The Painting of Porcupine City: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Ben Monopoli
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Brazilian graffiti artist Mateo Amaral is looking for his heaven spot, the one perfect place to paint. His coworker Fletcher Bradford is looking for a heaven spot of his own, and his is even more elusive. Out since age 12, Fletcher's been around more blocks than Mateo has ever painted. He's dated all the jerks, all the creeps, all the losers in between. At 26 he's decided the only way to meet a nice guy is just never to give him a chance to prove otherwise. When he's introduced to Mateo, Fletcher expects to add another notch to his bedpost. But Mateo is different—and from him Fletcher will rediscover a long-lost feeling: surprise. What Fletcher finds in the trunk of Mateo's car will change his life in ways he never imagined—and may help him find what he's always wanted.

From the author of THE CRANBERRY HUSH comes an epic story spanning years and hemispheres and miles of painted walls. At times sexy and sweet, gritty and gut-wrenching, THE PAINTING OF PORCUPINE CITY takes readers along with Mateo and Fletcher on an adventure through the subways of Boston to the towers of São Paulo. Are you in?

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About the Author

Ben Monopoli lives in Boston with his husband, Chris.

Product Details

  • File Size: 626 KB
  • Print Length: 390 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475064101
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ben Monopoli; 1 edition (August 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005K159H8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,415 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brazilian boys and Bostonian brats! September 4, 2011
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What you probably want to know from this review is if this book is any good. Rest assured, The Painting of Porcupine City is very, very good. Excellent in fact! The story is about two men, one who lacks direction in life, the other that's well aware of his destiny and is seeking a way of getting there. One of these characters, Mateo, is so lovable that you'll be sighing his name into your pillow at night. The other, Fletcher, is far from perfect, but it's his journey that makes the story so interesting. If you can forgive him for being human (and you'll need to a few times) then you'll likely have a more sympathetic picture of him by the end.

The story focuses on relationships, platonic as well as romantic and sexual. I found the interactions between characters to be one of the great joys of the novel--the casual banter and minutiae of life making me feel I was there among close friends. Monopoli's prose never disappoints. The lines on the page come across as loose and easy, which is a masterful deception because the book is full of carefully crafted descriptions that will knock your socks off. In fact, I went through about ten pairs of socks per sitting.

Sexy, sweet, and sometimes strange, The Painting of Porcupine City is a story not to be missed! Ben Monopoli's second novel is a triumph, one that will leave me and countless others begging for more.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read. September 5, 2011
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Let's start with I'm more of a murder mystery buff so this is not my typical genre. Having said that, I truly enjoyed the beautiful prose in Cranberry Hush and knew I would read almost anything this author wrote.

This is such a well written, lengthy novel with excellent character development. It has wit, angst and a lot of the human condition. I stayed up well past my bedtime to finish the book because really how was I supposed to go to sleep not knowing what happened next?!

I found the end where Fletcher is talking to his editor pretty funny and a nice parallel for the story. What? No m/m story drenched in retardedly unrealistic and prepubescent sex scenes? No perfect Disney World happily ever after with black and white answers? Of course, as someone in the medical field, I just really wanted to throw anti-psychotics at Mateo but I suppose that's too concrete and not mystical enough :)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this story September 8, 2011
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After reading The Cranberry Hush I decided I would BUY ANYTHING BEN MONOPOLI WRITES. And I was highly anticipating this new book. I have to say that from the first page, I was laughing out loud and I quickly fell in love with the main characters. Ben has a way of writing that I just really connect with and I get sucked in. I am still thinking about particular scenes and how I imagine people looked and talked and their expressions. Always the sign of a wonderful story. And I will never look at graffiti in the same way again. I will say the end was a little...unexpected. I didn't quite get it... and I guess I do now...sorta. But, its definitely a great read! Can't wait for whatever Ben has in mind next!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Please keep writing. . . September 12, 2011
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Amazing to find a gay novel these days that takes gay relationships seriously and is willing to take it all beyond the bedroom or wherever you like to do it. Yes it's hot and sexy, but it's also meaningful and moving. And very, very contemporary, way beyond the sex novels of the 70's, the glitter novels of the 80's and the drugdance stuff since then. This guy can write, think and feel. And he's just getting better. One small snit - the ending doesn't quiet work - and the author knows it but loves it. I can understand that and forgive him and the ending, I know what he was trying for and I give him kudos for that. But will some decent publisher just sign him up, get him out of that day job and chain him to his computer? There are too many books out there and too few writers like this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No sophomore slump here! September 5, 2011
By Rob
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Although Ben Monopoli's second novel follows the trend of his first (the bittersweet Cranberry Hush) in focusing on a gay male couple, the book is much more complex and heartfelt than any conventional guilty pleasure in this genre. Yes, the book details the romantic life of two gay men as they traverse through new (and sometimes mysterious) territory, but the book is also a meditation on friendships, parenthood, love, and my personal favorite--the balance between art and relationships.

The pacing in Porcupine City is steady yet never dull, and there are plenty of twists along the way that gives the novel a nice melodramatic touch. The characters are three-dimensional and sympathetic. Its most admirable quality, to me, is Ben's use of color to stimulate the readers' imagination. If you enjoyed Cranberry Hush, this is a tremendous sophomore effort that shows heart, sex, and art in all its glory.

Oh, and kudos to Ben for referencing So You Think You Can Dance :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I feel like I know a secret..... November 26, 2012
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There is so much more to this story than meets the eye - mysteries and secrets, partially revealed facts and painted over truths, characters hiding from themselves and characters running to keep from being discovered. Any first person narrator must be held in suspicion, and Fletcher is no exception. He is given permission by Mateo to tell the story however he wants to - trusting that even if the facts are wrong, the important parts will be revealed. Like many of us, Fletcher is harder on himself than anyone else is, and it's up to other characters to show why anyone would want to be with him, much less fall in love with him, but they do and so do we. With all his flaws and betrayals, he is loyal, passionate and valiant. He promises never to tell Mateo's secret identity - and I believe he never does. There is more than one way to interpret this ending - and it is worth reading again to look for all the clues the author has given us. Wonderfully written.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtakingly Beautiful
It's hard for me to describe this book to convince someone to read it. It's a unique book and I bought it on a whim to fill the downtime and wasn't expecting much but found this... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Johnny Keller
4.0 out of 5 stars Relatively new to M/M books, but I thought this was very good.
This book is about Fletcher and his romance with Mateo. I really did not know what to expect and thought it was slow going at the beginning, but after you get into the story, it... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jean A.T.
2.0 out of 5 stars An Unnecessary Disappointment
This is not a novel for reading. It saddens me to say this, because both of the author's other novels are compelling--even beautiful. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars precious, but nonetheless compelling
Magically real story of a young Bostonian writer (author) and his romance with a charismatic Brazilian writer (graffiti artist). Read more
Published 11 months ago by Urbanista
4.0 out of 5 stars A unique voice in modern gay literature
I loved "Cranberry Hush," by Ben Monopoli - and all my fellow readers were telling me I needed to read this. It sat on my Kindle for months, and finally, I just plunged in. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ulysses Dietz
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly memorable journey; it'll tear at your heart!
Ben Monopole creates a fragile believable two worlds. This 'colorful story' - in more ways than one, gives a gritty utterly real depiction of life literally on the streets. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Michael Speers
5.0 out of 5 stars Writing of transcendent beauty
Ben Monopoli has written a sublime story here, with a surprisingly sublime and spiritual conclusion. Read more
Published 17 months ago by pastorfred
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than 5 stars!
This book is amazing! I fell in love with the writing right away, so ... visual, beautiful, gripping, heart-wrenching in a good way, in that everything builds slowly and makes... Read more
Published 17 months ago by KC
5.0 out of 5 stars A colorful story with surprises and depth
This was my first book from Ben Monopoli and I fell head over heels in love with his writing. And that's saying something considering that I felt like my heart was a spray paint... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Johanna
4.0 out of 5 stars like the story
I liked this book very much, also read Cranberry Hush buy the same author but liked this book a lot more.
Published 18 months ago by Richard Smith
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