The Heart's History
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The Heart's History

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This is Edward: architect, friend, lover, mystery. Everyone has their own Edward, a kaleidoscope of images struggling to define a man who has never let anyone get too close. But now, Edward is dying, and all of his loved ones are desperate to understand him, to connect fully with him, before it's too late. In this beautiful and haunting novel, Lewis DeSimone, author of the...more
Paperback, First Edition, 308 pages
Published May 5th 2012 by Lethe Press (first published April 11th 2012)
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Stunning on so many levels. DeSimone brilliantly builds his novel around a dying man, his long time friends and his new, younger lover. Each friend has a history with the dying man, but has a story of their own that DeSimone writes beautifully. The book is very thought provoking regarding relationships, intimacy, solitude and grief. Loved this book!
Elisa Ramblings
There are some novels you know they will haunt you, but nevertheless, you know you have to read it. This story is set between 2002 and 2007, the apex of the AIDS plague was in 1992-1994, so 10 years later, you don’t expect to read this story, AIDS is a “manageable” illness, is it right? Wrong! It’s still an horrible disease, that is stealing the voices of many wonderful men, like Edward. And like in a metaphor, since Edward’s voice was stolen, he lives again in the memories of his circle of frie...more
Another wonderful story by one of my favorite writers. DeSimone has gift for making characters come alive. Highly recommended.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Heart's History by Lewis DeSimone. This is the first book of his that I've read, but it won't be the last. His writing flows beautifully and he skillfully creates characters that are multidimensional and fully realized.
While the overall tone of the book is a bit somber, it is also very insightful and full of humor and wit that kept me reading. I highly recommend the book and I give it five stars.
Gale Stanley
I became a fan when I read Chemistry a few years ago. DeSimone's new book is well worth the wait. This is the story of a group of gay friends, living in Boston between 2002 and 2007. Their struggles with issues of intimacy, aging, AIDS, love and loss are beautifully portrayed with realistic detail and witty dialogue. The men live and breathe. I cried, I laughed. I felt like I knew them. Highly recommended.
A touching story of a group of friends facing loss as they grow apart, and try to hold on as their lives separate them, only to come together as one friend faces his mortality.
When you know how to write but have nothing interesting to say
Cecil James
A poignant story of loss and survival.
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Lewis DeSimone is the author of the novels Chemistry and The Heart's History. His work has also appeared in Christopher Street, James White Review, Harrington Gay Men’s Fiction Quarterly, and the anthologies Charmed Lives: Gay Spirit in Storytelling, Best Gay Love Stories: Summer Flings, I Like It Like That: True Tales of Gay Male Desire, Second Person Queer: Who You Are (So Far), The Mammoth Book...more
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Chemistry I Like It Like That: True Stories of Gay Male Desire Best Gay Love Stories: Summer Flings Charmed Lives: Gay Spirit in Storytelling The Dirty Diner: Gay Erotica on the Menu

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