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A bittersweet novel that depicts a gay man’s life as he struggles to make peace with his sexuality and free himself from the hold of addiction. - IndieReader

A gay man escapes the cult of Reverend Sun Myung Moon after ten years and becomes a successful movie distributor in Hollywood. But the deep self-loathing that brought him to the Reverend Moon’s congregation leads him d
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Paperback, 348 pages
Published May 18th 2012 by Simon Says
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Sarah_loves_books
Jul 10, 2015 Sarah_loves_books rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: only adults/18
The 5th of July, 2015
Re-read time. A trip into another reality.

After my second read of Simon Says I'm upping my rating from four to five stars. This profound and honest story of a drug addict's journey certainly deserves all the stars. At the beginning, we get to see the events in childhood that have a great impact upon how Simon views himself and his possibilities in life, we get to see the powerlessness, and above all the ever continuing search for love. In the process Simon does things I don'
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William Poe
May 20, 2013 William Poe rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Award-Winner in the 'Fiction: Gay & Lesbian' category of the 2013 International Book Awards

Simon Says weaves a tapestry rich in character and experience. The story is driven by the narrator, Simon Powell, a gay man in his thirties who has left a religious cult and is adrift in the world.

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James Foster
Aug 26, 2012 James Foster rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading Simon Says, it's more than just another coming of age or coming out story. Simon's story is one that I think a lot of us in the baby boom can identify with as he looks to come to terms with who he is and tries to make a place for himself in the world of LA in the mid-1980's.

Perhaps one reason I found Simon's story to be so engaging is that, like Simon, I too am from the American South and grew up in a small town/rural setting. So I can understand Simon's ambivalence abou
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Kathy
Sep 08, 2012 Kathy rated it it was amazing
I am halfway through Simon Says. It's an interesting portrait of life in the 80s. I love to read during my lunch break at work. Before I know it, my lunch is over and I have to put the book down. Can't wait to see what happens to Simon next! Each chapter leaves me wanting to know more about him! Very entertaining page turner! May have to bring this book back home so I can finish it sooner!


9/08/2012. I finished the book. Wow. Poor Simon had big troubles. And poor friend choices. I guess that's w
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Chris
Sep 08, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing
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Simon Says
William Poe
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9780615559575, $14.95, www.amazon.com

For many young gay individuals, trying to understand life's destiny is often quite difficult. "Simon Says" tells the chronicle of Simon Powell, escaping the damnation of eternal hellfire his church has put upon him, and trying to face his family as well as being dragged into the world of hustling, drugs, and illicit sex, all while trying
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Monica
Nov 03, 2012 Monica rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads, own
I guess it was a stretch for a straight girl to read this book in the first place. From a pure literary stand point, it was good. It had good writing and a decent story line. I never felt as if there was any rising action to a climax, but read more like a real person's diary with normal everyday trials and tribulations, not a Hollywood screenplay where you're waiting for the two star-crossed lovers to come together or the bomb to be detonated. I can't say I would recommend this book to anyone, b ...more
Cassandra
Simon Says when I started this book I wasnt sure about it my hubby asked me time and time
again if I was sure I really wanted to read this book does deal with alot of sex and drugs
so if those things are a trigger for you then dont read this but I loved this it has kept me out of a reading slump it is a
Gay Fiction triggers drugs and sex 5 out of 5 stars
Elaine
Feb 19, 2013 Elaine rated it it was amazing
GOOD BOOK
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William Poe is the author of Simon Says, winner of the 2013 International Book Awards in the category Fiction: Gay and Lesbian. His other novel, Simple Simon, was also a finalist for the 2013 Book of the Year Award in the category Fiction: Gay and Lesbian. Poe studied art at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and anthropology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is also the author of the ...more
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