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Well With My Soul by [Allen, Gregory G.]
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"A fascinating read - a gripping and ultimately moving story about the undying love of brothers and family that raises our spirits by affirming the power of change in our lives."
-Louis Zorich
Film/TV/Stage Actor and Author of What Have You Done?

From the Author

When I moved to NYC in the late 80s, I met a minister who was 'ex gay' that wanted to help me change my own life. Before we heard 'pray-away-the-gay' or 'reparative therapy'.  As I grew more comfortable with who I was and got away from that church, I realized how that man touched my life, staying with me for years and I looked for a way to work through the confusion of it all. That's how this book was born. Based on real life events, Well With My Soul captures a world of turmoil while attempting to find inner peace.

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  • File Size: 660 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: ASD Publishing (September 29, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 29, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005R4NC0O
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,415,105 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By K. Edwards-Stout on November 30, 2011
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As the title indicates, the evocative "Well With My Soul" journeys into matters of the spirit, asking the central question, "Who are we, at our core--and is that a good place to be???" Following two starkly different brothers, the tale juxtaposes their home life in the rural South with New York and all of the temptations a dazzling city can bring. Author Gregory G. Allen paints a startling portrait of the dark side of that Studio 54 world, with the characters attempting to reconcile who they think they are meant to be with what is truly in their hearts. "Well With My Soul" takes us on a surprising, disturbing, and ultimately rewarding ride as the brothers divergent paths intersect and they attempt to find redemption, both with each other and within themselves. At times humorous, and others heartbreaking, the novel left this reader examining his own path and choices, to make sure that, indeed, all is well with my soul...
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Every now and then, I read a book that resonates with me on more than one level. A book that stays with me after I've finished it and I keep replaying certain scenes again in my mind. Such is the case with "Well With My Soul." Novelist Gregory G. Allen has created a modern masterpiece with this tale of two brothers, one gay and the other straight, whose lives over a period of fifteen years are told through their own voices. How one entwines with the other while they live their respective realities, and the choices they make which propel them into their futures toward destinations neither thought would be their fate.

In this outstanding novel, Allen writes with the experience of one who has lived the lives he's relating through his characters. While the commonality of the human condition applies to all of us on certain levels, the indivuduality of the people we are intrinsically to become gives each one of us a perspective that is unique, touching, and ultimately ours and ours alone. The characters in "Well With My Soul" are much more than just characters in a book; they become more like three dimensional people who might just live next door to you, whose stories you would love to know but in reality will likely never get the chance, and an ending to one chapter is always the beginning of another.

I can highly recommend both "Well With My Soul" and its outstanding author. Get to know Gregory G. Allen through his website, his social media outlets, and his other works of literature. Enriching lives in what any good writer should be about, and with entries like this one Greg is already making his mark. 5 Big Stars.
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Well With My Soul by Gregory G. Allen tells the story of two brothers, Jacob and Noah Garrett. One is gay, the other straight. One is liberal, the other conservative. Both are on their respective paths in life and as is often with brothers, their life paths take them in different directions. As it true with siblings, they have their own interpretations of their life growing up together and how their parents treated the other brother, which in my family has been very revealing.
The story itself is an emotional ride through the ups and downs of sibling rivalry, filtered through the gay/straight and liberal/conservative lenses. Jacob is lured off to New York by the dream of a successful career in modeling and show business with all the glitz and glamour that goes with it. With Jacob off in New York, Noah feels duty bound to stay home with their mother, hurt by Jacob's rejection of their small town comfortable life in the American South. As the story progresses, the brothers find their paths cross and have taken some unexpected twists, much like life itself.
The story itself is a look not only at the relationship between the two brothers as they examine their own relationship with the other, but also their relationships with the significant others in their lives, and most importantly, their relationship with themselves.
Allen's storytelling is touching, at times very light-hearted and at other times very deep, but always provoking. The story resonated with me in such that I began to examine my relationship with my brothers. A definite must read.
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WELL WITH MY SOUL, author Gregory G. Allen's sophomore offering, is a thought-provoking and well-written story. Mr. Allen is a gifted writer, a storyteller's storyteller.

At the heart of this novel is the idea that choices - all choices, whether they are good or bad - have consequences. The excesses of NYC's club scene in the 1980's make a wonderful backdrop for a gripping and gritty story.

About halfway through the novel, I realized that the younger, straight brother was actually the protaganist. A wonderful twist, in my humble opinion, coming from an openly gay author. Kudos, Mr. Allen, kudos!

I literally could not put down my iPad while reading this novel (obviously, I bought the digital version). The writing style is reminiscent of Augusten Burroughs and Armistead Maupin - engaging and almost lyrical.
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There's a certain reason books rise to the top of my to-be-read pile, and it usually involves that moment I sneak a peek and become engrossed. I was caught up in Well With My Soul by the first few pages and from then on, I had to finish.

What Gregory G. Allen weaves through the twenty or so years this book covers, is a unique memoir that's moving, funny, poignant and felt true. As an Arizona native who has spent a good majority of his life reading horror and fantasy, I didn't expect to be so enthralled by Allen's work especially when the genre and location of this book are so outside my norm. However, I felt for the characters, wanted them to succeed or fail, and had trouble putting the book down at night. This is testament to the way Allen pulled me along and held on to me with his effortless writing style.
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