1) It is so easy to read, sympathize with, laugh with and at times laugh at, yet still admire the author-narrator of these 15 very varied stories that I wasn't aware until I was done with the book how beautifully linked they are and what a many faceted jewel it is. Has any one made a funeral more human or funny? Has any one ever had a cult-movie crush like this?
2) I love this book. He writes beautifully. Draws characters beautifully. Has a strong mastery of narrative. I want to read more of him.
Forty Wild Crushes: stories by Jim Provenzano
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Myrmidude Press; First edition (June 1, 2016)
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Teenage lust in summer theatre, cheating boyfriends on The Tonight Show, and an escapee from a pumpkin farm; these are just a few of the characters in short stories from Lambda Literary Award winner Jim Provenzano. The five-time novelist shares new and previously published works, and excerpts from forthcoming novels. Varying from terse accounts of an anti-gay assault to a post-9/11 moment of resolution, Provenzano shares a diverse array of contemporary experiences in rural Ohio, New York City, at funerals and wrestling matches, Manhattan cathedrals and Paris museums. A moment in the life of a gay divorced father, a transgender performer on the rise, and a footnoted feast of pop culture crushes are included in this compelling collection.
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