Actually this was not a novelty, but more a common occurrence; I remember that many of Bill and Christopher’s scene are by phone, with Bill calling Christopher to postpone an appointment, or Christipher calling Bill to be sure he was able to make one of their appointments. The phone is at the same time their main connection but also their main element of misunderstanding, on the phone they are cold and detached and it’s easier to break the connection. Truth be told, Christopher is very patient and even if most of the time Bill relapses in his closet, Christopher is always ready to welcome him with a smile and a kiss when Bill tentatively opens the doors of that closet and glances outside.
Amor en Retrogrado was the story of Robert and JD and Bill and Christopher played a nice but supporting role in the background; now in Death by Misfortune they have their center stage and the author introduce Becket and Jeremy. Like for Bill and Christopher, and for Robert and JD, also between Becket and Jeremy there is the stronger partner, Becket (stronger not in body but in personality), and the more subdue one Jeremy; but like in the past, Robert, Bill, Becket all have their issue to overcome and all of them have a sympathetic partner (JD, Christopher, Jeremy) waiting for them. It’s not always assured the partner will have the necessary patience, like Penelope with Ulysses, to wait their lover find the right path towards the life in common that is waiting for them, but that is the good of these novels, these characters will give you plenty of surprises and also a little bit of heartache.
Amazon: Death By Misfortune
Amazon Kindle: Death By Misfortune
Paperback: 356 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (December 23, 2010)
1) Amor en Retrogrado: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/225771.html
2) Death by Misfortune
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