Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Publication date: September 8, 2018
Length: 268 pages
Reviewed by Truus
My parents, unable to change me, had instead, silenced me. When they'd stilled my hands, they'd taken my words, made me lower my voice to a whisper. Later, I remained silent in defense, refusing to acknowledge the hateful words: Brainiac. Sissy. Antiman. Faggot.
Lincoln de Chabert's life is pretty unremarkable until he comes home from kindergarten and announces he will marry his best friend, Orlando, when he grows up.
His parents spring into immediate action, determined to fix him, igniting an epic battle of wills as Lincoln is determined to remain himself, and marry whom he chooses, at all costs.
There are just a few books that make such a deep impression on me… like an imprint, something you can always find and feel.
I finished and reviewed this read on December 30, 2016, and I could not get it out of my mind for a long long time.
It was deeply moving. When I recommend stories this is always one of them.
Larry Benjamin, a Bronx-born wordsmith, a Lambda Literary finalist, and an IPPY Gold Medalist and, god I understand why! Because his writing style is striking and one of a kind.
Every line, every sentence is just a piece of art. Definitely a must-read !!
The writing style was striking. I was caught immediately.
It had a yearning in it.
There were people who made my teeth grinding and I wanted to scream, cry and throw chairs.
This book....the longing....my heart.....it almost flew out of my body....reaching the sky.
Lincoln and Jose, two beautiful boys –omg- I loved them from the first line.
Lincoln was twelve and knew he wanted to marry Jose. They had a long way to go.
This story is told from the kind and beautiful mind of Lincoln, what a personality he has, so determined, firm. I bow to him.
Several times I cried it was so emotional. All those experiences in life they went through.
And never ever did Lincoln's love temper...it was like a rock.
The story expands over a long period. And not one moment should be missed. It starts in 1962 and ends in the now. Their journey isn't easy at all, cobblestones as their path, but for the most part, they had each other and that was a reassurance. I can't go into details because it would take their journey away and it is so so worth reading.
Together they were growing into loving and caring boyfriends, lovers, fathers and finally husbands.
There are beautiful beautiful lines, I'll put them in my heart and they will never leave.
The way this story is written is strong, kind, honest, convincing, very realistic, and deeply touching, it made me very emotional.
I'm astonished by this author's brain. It’s one of the few times I ran into a writing style so superior my heart swelled.
“I don’t pray often, but when I do, I pray that I die five minutes after you so I’ll always be here to look after you but not have to live without you.”
"Sometimes the best mom is a dad."
Btw...I so so loved Lincoln's voice !! And "At Last" awesome choice!!
"My parents, unable to change me, had instead, silenced me. When they’d stilled my hands, they’d taken my words, made me lower my voice to a whisper. Later, I remained silent in defense, refusing to acknowledge the hateful words: Brainiac. Sissy. Antiman. Faggot."
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