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- File size : 2820 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 266 pages
- Publication date : June 4, 2018
- ASIN : B07DJX6KZB
- Publisher : Samwise Books; 2nd edition (June 4, 2018)
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #844,633 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This series is lighter, although far from weightless. They read as explorations of individual young gay men trying to find their place in the world, having found their way to southern Florida for a variety of reasons. I’m someone who cares about character, and for me the pleasure of these books is in the characters. The romance is good, and the hot spots are hot – but it is Plakcy’s straightforward, journalistic style that draws me back. These are all books about gay men thinking, and observing, and coming to conclusions. Sometimes they have to be brave; sometimes they have to get over themselves. There’s a gentle realism here that, for me, never wears thin.
Our lead character is Eric Mueller, West Point graduate and two-deployment soldier post-Afghanistan. This seems to be his story, as the title suggests; but we are quickly clued into the fact that his step brother, Allie Brittan, has a particular place in Eric’s past. In contrast, Allie is a relative mess – a college dropout, a recovering drug addict, and Eric’s impulsive, flamboyant opposite. In fact, the two men haven’t spoken in a decade.
Then Allie becomes Eric’s roommate by order of Eric’s father, the Major General.
For all its surface motif of yearning, this book manages to give thoughtful portraits of two different types of gay man, each with his strengths and weaknesses, each looking for something that they’ve been taught they should want. Both Allie and Eric are more – and less – than they appear to be at first, and the reader discovers this along with the characters. Plakcy loves and respects both of these men, and his ability to make us see what he sees is among his greatest skills. If I had any regret, it’s that we didn’t get to delve more deeply into Eric’s life as a soldier; nor did we get as much insight into Allie’s experience with addiction as I would have liked.
This is not one of Neil Plakcy’s “big” books, but it is emotionally far bigger than you might think. For Neil Plakcy, love is never a small thing.