Sometimes Lovin' is Hurtful

Feather Books
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When two very different lives intersect, all is illumined in blazing light.

This penetrating novel is an intimate look at the lives of two men, one straight, one gay, and NO, this is not a coming out story. The Marine veteran is straight and remains straight throughout. But this poignant and lyrical novel is a rhapsody to love, love of highest kind, the kind that can ask for sacrifice and grant sacrifice.

Set in the 1980’s, the gritty opening scene has Robert Newell—straight and with head-turning good looks—facing the reality of Carmen. In actuality he confronts the reality about himself—how, to escape his homelessness, he has pandered himself to her lusts. He speaks to her about wanting children and driving home after work to play with them in the backyard. She speaks of sex toys.

His beatified mother visits him in his sleep and in the morning he decides to make his move. In order to reclaim his dignity of being a man, he will again make his home in his rusting pickup truck. He hopes that one day he might obtain his dream. He acknowledges that it is a humble dream, the common dream of Everyman—the dream of wife and family.

In Atlanta a Marine he had served with in Vietnam pummels him in a beer joint and tosses him out onto the sidewalk. Blaine Shirer, a homely gay guy, has been prowling a nearby park for tricks. He stops to help Bob home.

Over weeks a sort of friendship develops—on again, off again. But eventually they manage to make a home together and celebrate the negligible milestones of one life, of the other’s and of the life they share together. But then come bullets and judgment by the righteous.

In this novel of heart and grit, Vann Turner bears witness to the dreams we seek, the love we crave and the courage we must summon to defend it.

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About the author

A shy person and something of a recluse, Vann Turner avoids crowds and tries to avoid drawing any attention to himself. He is not on Facebook or Twitter. When asked about this, he said, "What I have to say publicly, I say in my published writings."

On occasion friends visit him and his dogs in their mountain home. Every two weeks he goes to the market for dairy products, fruits, vegetables and Oreos. You’ll recognize him in Walmart (Newport, TN) by the black armband he wears on the left. If you do, go up and say hello. "I welcome people into my life. People are important."

If you would like to send him an email, he will answer you. He says that one-on-one works well for him. It’s the crowd or anonymous blather that gives him the "heebie-jeebies," not one-on-one contact. "And besides, email has proved to be a bridge to friendships for me. If you write, you’ll hear back. Promise."

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Publisher
Feather Books
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Published on
Mar 22, 2018
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Pages
434
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ISBN
9780999858363
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / General
Fiction / LGBT / General
Fiction / Literary
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This content is DRM free.
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FINALIST for the PULITZER PRIZE
LONG-LISTED for the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
WINNER of the LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE
FINALIST for the NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
FINALIST for the KIRKUS PRIZE
LONG-LISTED for the ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL

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"Haslett is one of the country's most talented writers, equipped with a sixth sense for characterization" --Wall Street Journal

"Ambitious and stirring . . . With Imagine Me Gone, Haslett has reached another level." --New York Times Book Review

From a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, a ferociously intimate story of a family facing the ultimate question: how far will we go to save the people we love the most?

When Margaret's fiancé, John, is hospitalized for depression in 1960s London, she faces a choice: carry on with their plans despite what she now knows of his condition, or back away from the suffering it may bring her. She decides to marry him. Imagine Me Gone is the unforgettable story of what unfolds from this act of love and faith. At the heart of it is their eldest son, Michael, a brilliant, anxious music fanatic who makes sense of the world through parody. Over the span of decades, his younger siblings -- the savvy and responsible Celia and the ambitious and tightly controlled Alec -- struggle along with their mother to care for Michael's increasingly troubled and precarious existence.

Told in alternating points of view by all five members of the family, this searing, gut-wrenching, and yet frequently hilarious novel brings alive with remarkable depth and poignancy the love of a mother for her children, the often inescapable devotion siblings feel toward one another, and the legacy of a father's pain in the life of a family.

With his striking emotional precision and lively, inventive language, Adam Haslett has given us something rare: a novel with the power to change how we see the most important people in our lives.
This is a tale of the human heart in Ancient Rome.

It is about a RAGE that must be kept caged until the moment comes to release it. It is also about the woman who must sit by and watch it happen.

Amid political machinations, the story focuses on two characters. The first is Titus. An educated man and former Chief Magistrate to the Lombard King, he has been banished and has sought refuge in Rome where he finds himself reduced to baking clay and lime in furnaces. Only camaraderie with the lowest commoners softens his loss of all he had and loved.

Unknown to him the powerful are vying for position one against the other with Titus central to their schemes. One of those factions lifts him out of the brick factory and appoints him to a minor office.

A letter from Titus’s wife in distant Verona finds its way to him. In it she confesses to being raped and names her defiler: the King’s Master of Horse. Titus’s heart explodes with RAGE.

The other focus of the story is Adria. Unmarried, she is a middle-aged woman who teaches flute to support herself. She had first spied Titus when, at the close of the workday, he would sit in the Ad Elephantos district and read aloud to the assembled workmen and their children. When the plague struck him, she nursed him back to health and back to the brick factory. On his appointment to the Aedileship, she stayed with him as chaste companion and helpmate.

When word arrives that the Lombard forces were amassing for a siege of the city, rustics stream into its walls for safety. Providing for them falls to Titus. A senator with Germanic connections orders Titus to use his popularity with the people to get them to clamor for letting the King enter the city. On the opposite side, the Pope—loyal to the Emperor—appoints him Consul and charges him with a spirited defense.

Titus sees detriment to the people in both of those courses. He discards them. As Consul with Plenary Powers he pursues his own course: “We’ll wait out the siege within the walls.” He knows his decision will jeopardize his life once the immediate crisis has passed.

The siege befalls. In a meeting to negotiate a truce, Titus’s two personal adversaries face him: First there is the King who had stripped all that he loved from him. And then there is the King’s Master of Horse who—in Titus’s absence—had defiled his wife, his Little Flower. It was the moment for RAGE. Adria was there—Adria who loved him—Adria looking on with dread.

In this novel Vann Turner continues his poignant exploration of the human heart, how closely we bind, how the world seeks to sever, and how we all need the courage to defend what is most dear.

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