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Conquering Venus (Venus Trilogy) Paperback – December 10, 2013
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Mr. Kelley's writing is too addictive to put the book down. -- Anne Stanford --Baby Got Books
This stunning debut novel is everything--a poetic page-turner, a wonderful mystery, and a compelling story of self-realization. - Angel Curtis --OutSmart Magazine
Kelley does an excellent job of taking us seamlessly into the paranormal scenes and back to reality, neither missing the proverbial beat or losing one bit of his hold on the reader. - Jennifer Perry,
The writing is crisp... with finely detailed dreams, gypsy readings, hospital apparitions, undiscovered journals, and an abundance of metaphors (tattoos, classical statues, and poems). - Jameson Currier --Out in Print
Unflinching and mysterious, Conquering Venus is that rare combination of poetic and page-turner. Collin Kelley who refreshingly faces taboos head-on has packed his cinematic debut novel with compelling characters, meaty plot twists and satisfying surprises. This novel is freshly contemporary as well as, in its own fashion, a love letter to Paris. --Kate Evans, For the May Queen and Complementary Colors
From Memphis to London and to Paris, Martin Paige seeks redemption after a terrible and violent loss. The wonder is that he still believes in love, even when it appears like an apparition in an elusive and conflicted young man. Collin Kelley takes you on a sometimes frolicsome, sometimes tragic tour of the heart in this engaging first novel. --Gary Zebrun, Only the Lonely
Collin Kelley writes with the heart of a saint and the horns of a satyr. Conquering Venus poetic, personal and proud goes off like a starter s gun to announce a fine new writer of fiction. --Charles McNair, Land O Goshen and Book Editor of Paste Magazine --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
About the Author
Collin Kelley is a novelist, poet and playwright from Atlanta, Georgia. His poetry collections include After the Poison, Slow To Burn and Better To Travel, which was nominated for the 2003 Georgia Author of the Year Award, Kate Tufts Discovery Award and Lambda Literary Award. He is a multiple Pushcart Prize nominee and a recipient of the 2007 Georgia Author of the Year/Taran Memorial Award from the Georgia Writers Association at Kennesaw State University for poetic excellence and his work as co-editor of the Java Monkey Speaks Anthology series from Poetry Atlanta Press. His poetry, essays and interviews have appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies around the world. His play, The Dark Horse, was the recipient of the 1994 Deep South Festival of Writer's Award for Best Play from the University of Louisiana and the Georgia Theatre Conference Award in 1997. Kelley has been a journalist for more than 20 years. Conquering Venus is his first novel. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
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"Martin studied himself in the unforgiving image. He looked thin and haunted; his eyes showed despair and exhaustion. Irene knelt beside him, holding a photo of her and Jean-Louis taken in the same spot in front of Notre-Dame. "This is a message," Irene whispered, "Not coincidence."
Kelly sets up a compelling combination of love triangles--both overt and secret--a dose of magic realism, voyeurism on both intended and non-intended front (are we as readers voyeurs as well?) all presented through well-crafted prose and symbolism. In doing so, he leaves us looking at Venus de Milo in a way we have not yet seen her before.
But the best news of all is that there is not one view, nor one story to tell. Kelley's Conquering Venus is the first of a trilogy and a brilliant foreshadowing of what is to come.
Kelley is also a poet. There is evidence of prose in his description of the setting, which is for the most part Paris. However, Kelley is careful not to drag out details which might bore the reader. No, you won't be bored.
Conquering Venus is listed under gay literature. However, the listing is irrelevant. I'm straight and found it easy to understand the characters.
What speaks volumes is that Kelley is from Georgia and is a true Southern writer with all of the story-telling skills bestowed upon that title. Hmm..could Kelley be his generation's version of Tennessee Williams? That will be revealed in time.
I couldn't put this book down. The author had me totally immersed in the stories of the two main characters, one a man who is surviving a terrible loss and secret in this trip to Paris; the other an aging woman whose dead husband carried his own secret to his grave. Their stories interweave as the two characters meet and form an unlikely bond. I highly recommend the book!