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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Sideways Down the Sky by Barry Brennessel

Sideways Down the Sky by Barry Brennessel
Gay Historical Fiction
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (December 26, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608209725
ISBN-13: 978-1608209729
Amazon: Sideways Down the Sky
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In the land of snow monsters and steam baths, complex characters as diverse as the Japanese terrain experience lust, loss, and love. A young boy performs a daring rescue. A woman loses her old life to face an uncertain new one. A teenager suffers through a cataclysmic event. Love blossoms at the Tokyo Olympics. A rent boy's hardened heart melts when he meets a sexy, bouyant stranger. Much like the Japanese Islands themselves, there is commonality to be found among myriad differences. The poet, the musician, the artist, the tortured mother, the bankrupt father, the protective brother - they all know that there's a new day awaiting them after the moon slips sideways down the sky.

Detailed, nearly flawless, dramatic and very woven into japanese culture.

This is not my favourite style of writing but the characters were drawn exquisitely, and I love the way the book spanned decades and their lives were interwoven.

Haunting, beautifully written story that weaves together different characters throughout almost a century of Japanese history. 

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