A to Z is also the way the author decided to set the pace of the novel: the first point of view shift from Z (Zach) to A (Angelo) and way back. Angelo is the slightly younger man who comes to work for Zach at the same moment when Zach is starting a relationship with Tom. Actually Angelo was trying to find a way to make Zach take notice of him, but as I said, Zach is not good in subtle games, and Tom instead went directly to the first base. Angelo becomes so not only Zach’s employee, but also his friend, being there to comfort him when Tom unveils to be the wrong man. It’s strange, both for Zach than Angelo it’s a first point of view, but when it’s Angelo’s time to speak, the words come to the reader in a sharper way, raw, like Angelo’s soul is bared to the reader and instead Zach is more subdued. This is right for the characters, Angelo is a foster kid, he has always had to take care of himself, he was wounded and scared, but he managed to survive; Zach instead was always sheltered by his parents, his boyfriend, even by his former employer, who upon retiring left his shop to Zach. Zach has more or less never fought for something and instead Angelo has always fought for everything.
A to Z is also the process Angelo and Zach took in their relationship: first Zach had to come to the realization that it was not Tom the right man for him but Angelo, and so Zach had to move towards Angelo and a relationship with him, and then Angelo had to understand that a relationship is something that can last, that being abandoned as a kid doesn’t mean that he will be always abandoned now, and so Angelo has to move towards Zach and a live together.
Where Promises, the previous book by Marie Sexton was good, above all for who is interested in a Gay for You themed novel, A to Z is for sure on a higher level. It’s still a very moving novel, founded almost all on two characters and their relationship, and it has a simple and quite feeling, like an homemade cake, it’s a comfort read, and for me this is a great compliment, not at all a complaint.
Amazon: A to Z
Amazon Kindle: A to Z
1) Promises: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/937139.html
2) A to Z
Cover Art by Anne Cain