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The Heart's History

4.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  25 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
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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Mar 26, 2014 Don rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
May 04, 2015 Elizabeth rated it liked it
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A group of friends cope with the loss of one of their own. This one meandered at times and felt like it could have been a bit more cohesive. The main point is the friendships between these men. We get various character's perspectives with each chapter. The idea is that we then get to know each character equally as well as the other, but that doesn't seem to happen. I kept having to remind myself who was who throughout the book.

Overall, this fell a bit flat for me. But I did feel the dialogue was
Apr 02, 2014 Eddie rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful story by one of my favorite writers. DeSimone has gift for making characters come alive. Highly recommended.
Nov 19, 2013 Lee rated it it was amazing
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.
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Aug 01, 2012 Gale Stanley rated it it was amazing
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.
May 16, 2013 Jim rated it really liked it
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.
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Oct 25, 2015 Elisa Rolle rated it it was amazing
2012 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
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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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