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amo, amas, amat ... An Unconventional Love Story by [Seaton, Carter Taylor]
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The wonderful message of this story comes from how Mary Cate develops a rich life without romantic love. This is a story with a wonderfully satisfying happy ending - as good as any romance, but entirely different from what the younger Mary Cate could ever have imagined.
Meredith Sue Willis, author of Out of the Mountains and Oradell at Sea


Carter Seaton's well-crafted narrative is true to our complex times.  She treats controversial and important issues of sexual orientation both frankly and sensitively, suggesting, through this unconventional tale, how we might come of age as a society.
            Eddy Pendarvis, Poet, and book reviewer for Now and Then

From the Author

This novel is dedicated to anyone who - in their early and uninformed lives - practiced any form of discrimination toward gays or lesbians, knowingly or unknowingly. It is my hope that living through Mary Cate's experience, you will see what changed you and how others can do the same. 
Writing it was my chance to support those I know and love who have been or continue to be the brunt of such discrimination.
Although it's a novel, as is my first book, Father's Troubles, it's completely different because it wasn't fact based, as FT. But, having lived in Atlanta and the area for ten years, it was a trip down memory lane to talk about Virginia Highlands, etc. They say you write about what you miss...in my case that's true. 

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  • File Size: 695 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Publication Date: June 2, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00546SMDM
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By David Kinchen on June 16, 2011
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BOOK REVIEW: 'Amo, amas, amat...An Unconventional Love Story': Perfectly Timed for 30th Anniversary of Discovery of HIV-AIDS

Reviewed by David M. Kinchen

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I -- / I took the one less traveled by, / and that has made all the difference. -- Robert Frost

Carter Taylor Seaton's eBook "Amo, amas, amat...An Unconventional Love Story" (Amazon Digital Services $7.99 delivered to your Kindle reader or tablet) appears during the 30th anniversary year of the discovery of HIV-AIDS, and it's a perfect introduction to the subject of gays and straights and how they can co-exist.

It's also a page-turner that can and should be enjoyed by everybody, Northerners, Southerners, gays, straights, men, women. I mention the North-South divide because Seaton's novel is set in Asheville, NC and Atlanta, with side trips (by Nick Hamilton) to Charlotte, NC. There's a regional difference in the treatment by straights of gay men and lesbian women, with more tolerance north of the Mason-Dixon Line (with the notable exception of gay friendly Key West, a notably tolerant place which has been jokingly described as a drinking village with a fishing problem) and Seaton deals with this in her coverage of violence against gay men in 1980s Atlanta.

After a prologue set in Atlanta in 1988, the novel opens in 1983 Asheville, where 33-year-old Mary Cate Randolph still believes, against all evidence to the contrary, that a Prince Charming will come her way and rescue her from spinsterhood. Her sister, Bitty, is happily married, with two "perfectly formed -- but wretchedly behaved" children, and her mother, Abby, and her father, Howard, want a similar outcome to Mary Cate's life.
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If it is possible to be homophobic through ignorance, that was where I was in the 1980s, when AIDS was being diagnosed. This is a wonderful story of love and the way I describe it is "fear of the unknown." I saw much of myself in the main character and am not proud of that. But like her, I came out of the dark.
I have purchased three paper copies of this book and will NOT be loaning this Kindle copy to anyone. Everyone who reads it, asks if they can let a friend read it, and off it goes.
It is a wonderful story of love, hurt, friendship, understanding...do yourself a huge favor...read it!
Sam
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In amo, amas, amat...: An Unconventional Love Story, Carter Taylor Seaton touches on so many important issues in a way that is thoughtful and worthwhile. Yes, it is a love story, but it is also a story of forgiveness, acceptance, and most of all learning. Everyone should read this. Everyone. The short blurb on the back of the book may make it seem predictable (for some reason I felt that way), but it is everything but. Not only does the story touch on acceptance, but it focuses on the AIDS virus as well - a taboo subject for the time period (the eighties) in which this is written. A book like this could have been simple, but I believe this book, instead, has impact; it is meaningful. Of course, LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, questioning) issues are still being overcome, and the AIDS virus is still sometimes discriminated against, but this shows the even greater ignorance of our past that has been overcome in many respects. It also makes me admire my older gay friends that much more, who I realize grew up in an even more unforgiving world. No matter your views, read this book. You will feel understood, and you may even gain some understanding. And please, please do not be afraid to read this book just because you disagree with some of it's content. That is all the more reason to read it. The story is tasteful and needs to be read. Once again, congratulations to author Carter Taylor Seaton. Thank you for thoughtfully and carefully handling such an important topic.
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In a good way, this novel recalls the themes of THE HELP. Set in the past,it reveals a judgemental period in our nation's history, a time of little to no understanding of human needs or individual differences.

Set in the south in the era before the murder of San Francisco's gay-rights activist Harvey Milk, and around the time film's most handsome "hunk", Rock Hudson, died of AIDS, the story is one of love and personal growth.

Back then, homophobia was a given in the USA. Being an announced or suspected homosexual could result in ridicule, job loss, being beaten or killed.

In the novel, country clubber Mary Cate, the 33 year old rebellious daughter of a wealthy family, falls in love with the club's handsome new tennis pro. Staff members, of course, are prohibited from having personal relationships with members. But he's a stranger and lonely.

More to the point of the story, he's gay and keeping the fact a secret.

She's clueless and persistent and a rule breaker. Attracted by his good looks and nice manners, she signs up for tennis lessons and finds a way to join him for daily runs.

She arranges frequent quiet dinners for two in her up-scale apartment.

She considers him an improvement from the recent men in her life. She finds their platonic date-like encounters refreshing. He's her idea of a gentleman and he's blond, muscled and interesting. What's not to like?

He likes her a lot. She's a good cook and good company. More to the point, he considers her good "cover". Having a woman in tow makes him appear less gay.

Eventually, alcohol and moonlight work surprising results.

Many twist and turns await the reader as the novel follows an unexpected path to its realistic end.

I like its message.
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