It’s enough to open the book and read the Introduction, to realize you are not starting a light collection of erotic tales; Coming to is about an author, Lukas Hand, who is rethinking and reinventing his own life. Some of the stories are true, some are fantasies, but all of them are the author’s personal epiphanies, little moment in his life when he realized something important. Not always the protagonists of these stories are the author, for sure he cannot be a superhero, and maybe he is not even the son of a pastor, but maybe he had a boy next door he was in love with, or maybe he had a friend he was never able to openly talk to until it was too late. Maybe he had a lover he lost, and who is now protecting him, or maybe he is able to reinvent his relationship with his partner adding some spicy. I have the strong feeling Lukas Hand loved and lost someone, since the pain of this loss is still strong in many of these stories, even when it was not a lover. I really appreciated the sweet little story about a fellow college student who wanted to push the narrator beyond his own limit, for no apparent reason if not that he believed in him. I hope for Lukas Hand that he has found the happiness in a relationship like some of his narrating voices, even if, sadly, they are not many; most of those voices are regretting a lost chance, a “could be” they didn’t have the courage to fully embrace.
I highly recommend Coming to, especially to those readers who are maybe mislead by the sexy cover (that don’t get me wrong, I like), this collection has a deepness that is amazing.
Amazon: Coming To: A Collection of Erotic & Other Epiphanies
Amazon Kindle: Coming To: A Collection of Erotic & Other Epiphanies
Paperback: 190 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (March 23, 2012)
Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bott