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Unbroken by [Benjamin, Larry]
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  • 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
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From 1964 till 2004, this is a wonderfully written chronology of Lincoln's life. It was absorbing, stirring, heartwarming and uplifting as this reader followed Lincoln from a wee kid making a startling announcement, to setting his eyes on the love of his life when he was a mere 12 year old boy and finally to the year when he could legally marry him in Massachusetts. I really enjoy the writing. Lincoln is such an endearing character. He may seemed effeminate and called a sissy but underneath is steely determination and courage to never give up and live openly as a gay man. His romance with Jose is so much more than the jock and nerd story. It was wonderful when Jose finally manned up for Lincoln. Thereon it was heartwarming and uplifting as they built a life together despite rejection from family members, culminating to a family of their very own, which also came with its cost. The years of the AIDs epidemic was sad to read. When the disease affected a family member, it was such a touching and heart breaking time for the couple, great writing here. I also love the little summary highlighting the major events which happened in the Stares during the important years in Lincoln's life, a great reminder indeed. And now to pick up another book by this writer!
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What an uplifting read! I enjoyed the positive message - love really does conquer all. Sometimes I read a novel, waiting for the other shoe to drop, waiting for that heart breaking moment, where you know things aren't going to end the way you would hope for them too. This novel was a wonderful surprise!
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On the one hand, I’m not a fan of romantic fiction; but I do consider myself a romantic. Larry Benjamin, and his recently published “Unbroken,” inspired partly by a real-life childhood crush/awakening, wants me to be both. And he just might have succeeded.

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).
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5 of 5 stars

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.
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What can I say about this book? `Unbroken' is a love story, and an incredibly powerful one, but there is so much more to it than that. For me, this is a tale of conviction. It's about staying true to yourself and following your heart, the steadfast refusal to give up on your dreams, no matter how many people try to bring you down. The novel is as gritty as it is emotionally complex, and thoroughly deserves its place among the 2014 Lammy finalists.

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.
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