- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Cheyenne Publishing (November 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193769206X
- ISBN-13: 978-1937692063
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,875,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Junction X Paperback – November 1, 2011
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And "Junction X" is such a book: tragic, heart-rending, true to life, and as unrelentingly honest in its portrayal of the infatuated Edward Johnson, would-be engineer turned stockbroker, who is first initiated into furtive and daring sexual encounters with his best friend Phil while on a couples holiday in French wine country, but which leave him unfulfilled, frustrated, and rebellious; ripe for a head-on collision with the Alex, the socially-awkward teen son of his new neighbors, who have moved into his exclusive neighborhood to further Alex's academic career by way of St. Peter's Upper School in preparation for admission to Oxford.Read more ›
The new neighbors don't fit the neighborhood: he's an engineer (how shocking! He works with his hands!) and she's a nurse (extra shocking! She works!). They've come to a neighborhood nearly beyond their means in order to get their beloved, brilliant son into the best school, hoping to prepare him for the best universities.
Alex is a youth born too soon for the love he's about to encounter. This is 1962, he's still under-aged, and he's gay in an exuberant way that it hurts him to hide. He's on the cusp of adulthood, knows what he wants, and what he wants is Ed. It's fitting that they begin to bond over his huge set-up of model trains: too serious to be toys, too playful to be work, but an acceptable reason for a thirty-three year old man to spend time with a seventeen year old boy.
This is told as Ed's memoir, which gives a definite air of doom from the very beginning. From his intermittently frosty relationship with his former tennis-pro wife, his indulgent irritation with his young twin children, to his strangely lopsided relationship with Phil, Ed is bored and primed for a grand passion, but given the times, his lover, and his self-delusion, there isn't a bit of hope that this will end in any way but tears.
And I cried, oh I cried.Read more ›
British Family Man Ed has the perfect life, to all outward appearances: Success. A good marriage to a beautiful and woman. Twins he loves. Friends. Respect. And as the reader would expect, this man with the perfect life, has a dark secret: his dangerous, strictly-for-pleasure relationship with Phil, a former neighbor and long-time male friend. Love never enters into their relationship, though Ed has a guilty conscience that pokes at him a little--something Phil seems to lack--just not enough for him to call a halt to his risky behavior.
Everything changes when Ed glimpses and then later meets and gets to know the new neighbors' eighteen-year-old son, Alexander. Alex is beautiful with the fleeting and impossible beauty of the very young. Ed is a bit stunned by the speed and completeness of his sudden infatuation with Alex. In no time at all, Ed starts to build "what-if" fantasies about Alex. There is, he convinces himself, no harm in it. No one will ever know. But not long after, it becomes apparent that Alex is constructing his own fantasies ... about Ed. During this time,
Alex becomes is befriended by Ed's wife and idolized by the twins.
The inevitable first kiss, given by Alex, throws open the door which hides the impossible fantasies and they become real, taking shape in secret, furtive meetings. Inevitably, there is one tryst too many, one scheme too many, one deception too many, one declaration of love too many, one denial too many. It's inevitable that the fragile house of deception will crash around them. It's inevitable that someone will pay for the crime of love in all the wrong places, with the wrong person.Read more ›
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Compelling enigmatic story that portrays the anguish of two men in the 1960s. Erastes's subtle style of writing in no way undermines the tragedy that unfolds.Published 9 months ago by Elisa
It feels a bit strange to give this title a four star rating when I've given the same to, for instance, Cut & Run. Read morePublished on May 1, 2014 by Miannie
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Wonderful read. I've read many books by this author, and have loved them all. This one is different though, because it takes place in modern times. Sad to have it end.Published on December 26, 2013 by J. Ellison
This book broke me but I knew it would and I wanted to read it anyway.
I have no regrets, it was wonderful. The story is beautifully crafted and perfectly told. Read more
This was one of those books that must be given a five star review. Even if by the end of it, you might wish you never picked it up. Read morePublished on January 7, 2013 by Nishka