- File Size: 534 KB
- Print Length: 268 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing (September 8, 2013)
- Publication Date: September 8, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F2JLEMW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Lincoln de Chabert’s life becomes suspect when he comes home from kindergarten announcing he will marry his friend Orlando. It’s the early- to mid-1960s and his family and peers seem intent on making him conform. Lincoln, however, sees no reason why he can’t marry the person he loves. He seems even more determined several years later when he meets Jose, who is less sure of himself. Together, they find the courage to fully commit to Lincoln’s childhood dream, realizing that they are, individually and as a couple, unbroken.
Benjamin hits all the right notes, especially in the early years when feelings are nothing but honest and experienced more intensely. While reading, I found myself reflecting on similar experiences growing up, not fully understanding then the truth they were trying to tell me. There is truth in all of the characters in Unbroken. We’ve all known Lincolns growing up, some of us have wavered like Jose, and we’ve all known people who, for one reason or another, think we need to be fixed. Each speak their own truth, whether we want to hear it or not…whether others want to know it or not.
Larry Benjamin’s “Unbroken” walks a fine line masterfully, which is no easy trick for romantic fiction. It’s confident, it’s terrifying, it’s sexually explicit, and it’s all heart. By the end, I found myself reading through my tears. As I’ve said, I’m a romantic…and now maybe a fan of romantic fiction (curse you, Larry Benjamin).
For original review see The Prism Book Alliance Blog online
If one thinks about it, Larry Benjamin’s fictional memoir, Unbroken, has all the ingredients of m/m romance; but it is unlike any other work in this genre I’ve ever read. If one accepts the notion that there is a barrier between m/m fiction and gay literature, Unbroken surely breaks through that barrier.
As I was reading, I found that I had to keep reminding myself that this was fiction, and not an actual memoir. Benjamin’s spare, journalistic style is not evocative or emotional: but it is raw and real. This book felt like autobiography.
What struck me even more is how deeply I identified with this story, even though its main characters are as different from me as possible. Only four years older than Lincoln de Chabert and Jose Calderon, I was raised in “Leave it to Beaver” land, a pampered child of the all-white upstate suburbs. Lincoln and Jose are mixed race boys of Caribbean descent growing up in the Bronx (and, I’m pretty sure, not in the fancy part of it). They meet in middle school, and Jose’s smile, when Lincoln first sees him, is the catalyst for the saga that unfolds from that point forward.
So why did every single page of this book resonate so profoundly for me? Partly, I think, it’s that Benjamin’s careful chronology—each chapter begins with a terse survey of major current events for the year in which it happens—allowed me to think back on my own life in those years, and to stir up personal memories that echoed those of Lincoln’s narrative. Moreover, I think Benjamin has chosen the details of Lincoln’s memoir so carefully that they are simultaneously unique to his story, and universal to the experience of gay men of my generation all across the country.Read more ›
The day Lincoln de Chabert arrives home from kindergarten and announces the intention of marrying his best friend Orlando when he grows up, his world changes. His parents embark on a campaign to silence him, forbidding the mention of anything they consider to be unmanly in the hope that this will stamp it out of him. Nor is there any escape for Lincoln when he starts school, where he is teased mercilessly for being too effeminate. The one person who sticks up for him is Jose, a beautiful Mexican boy who Lincoln feels sure he is destined only ever to admire from afar.
When it transpires that they will be attending the same university, Jose suggests he and Lincoln share a room. In the privacy of the dorm, their friendship blossoms, until it becomes impossible for Jose to conceal the truth--he is attracted to Lincoln and has been for years. As they explore their physical and emotional connection, Lincoln dares to hope that his long-cherished fantasy of a future spent with the boy he loves might actually come true. But what chance does their relationship stand when Jose can scarcely admit his sexuality even to himself?
I must confess that Larry Benjamin's style did take a little getting used to. The narrative spans several decades, following Lincoln from early childhood, through his adolescence, and into middle age.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was very compelling and readable, believable and moving. The end, as I said, was a bit TOO happy, which made this seem more like a fairy tale than a real story about real... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Elisa
Well-developed characters and an interesting story. A definite step-up from the countless romance novels flooding the market, but a bit lacking in depth.Published 21 months ago by Charles
I finished reading "Unbroken" at 4 a.m. -- far more interested in knowing what happens next than in getting a good night's sleep. It's that compelling.Published on May 18, 2014 by Karen Decker
This is an amazing book, and probably one that more truly reflects the life of gay men, than most books written previously.Published on May 8, 2014 by Diane
In this awesome, five star, pseudo autobiography, Lincoln de Chabert is an effeminate, Mid-century African American boy child, criticized by his parents, ridiculed by his... Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Divine Magazine
Outrageously daring & mind blowing experience and this book is not even a movie yet! It will have you looking at men a little differently and this is a serious change of pace of... Read morePublished on October 8, 2013 by SusieQ
I read the very very first draft of this book as a publishing submission and finished it in the space of 5 hours. Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by Debbie McGowan
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