The Brothers Bishop
The book's central characters are Nathan Bishop, a reclusive gay school-teacher and Tommy, his fun-loving brother, also queer, who’s made an art form of promiscuity. Nathan's still living in the seaside cottage where he grew up, while Tommy never grew ...more
My biggest question is, how did Yates manage to write this without lacerating himself to shreds? Goddamn...
The Brothers Bishop is an intense, masterfully written and stunning tale of relationships. The issues tackled are dark, powerful, and very effecting as the story shows the intricate and complicated relationship between two brothers, shaped by an abusive, depressed father. The writing is incredible and really draws the reader into the emotion and drama of the characters. Although the subject matter is intense and heavy, the riveting ...more
Love doesn’t "grow." It doesn’t wait for you to discover it, it doesn’t fall like a gentle rain from the sky, it doesn’t tiptoe into your heart like a happy little bunny, and it doesn’t have a fucking thing to do with familiarity. Love is neither patient nor kind....more
Love attacks. It sneaks up like a pride of lions or a pack of hyenas and eats your heart out while you watch. Love is the bully on the playground who takes your lunch money and gives you a black eye in return, the arsonist who burns y
The writing itself draws you in and the main character's Tommy and Nathan were so broken that you'd feel for each of them. Even though both men were subjected to their father's abusive tendencies at a young age, it was Nathan who couldn't let go of his hatred even into adulthood.
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It's about two brothers, Nathan and Tommy, whose family was broken a long time ago. Mum dies, dad becomes abusive. They have stuck to each other like glue in order to bear the hardship of their childhood. Maybe they stuck a bit too close and crossed a line.
Fast forward many years, now ...more
Nathan is the "responsible gay son" who has stayed in the town where he grew-up, unhappily teaching school and living a lonely sexless life. Tommy, his brother, has escaped to New York City. He is the beautiful sex-crazed young man for whom everything comes easily. His boyfriend of the moment, Phillip, is a rather dim character who never makes much of an impression. Joini ...more
To be sure, this book deals with some very difficult subjects. To get a little picky, several of the reviews have commented on the issue of pedophilia. Pedophilia, technically speaking is something different; it is a sexual relationship of an adult in which the OBLIGATORY partner is a pre-pubescent child. ...more
Nathan is a freshman high school English teacher in the small vacation village, Walcott, where they grew up. His brother, Tommy, in from NYC, brings his bf, Phillip, and his married friends Camille and Kyle along for a couple weeks vacation here.
Simon Hart, Nathan's student, forms a uniqu ...more
What is love if it isn't unusual, unconventional and unchaste?
I love this book. Nathan and his love, tho twisted and taboo, made my heart wrenched in so many emotions; rage, incredulity, curiosity, happiness, warmth...so much warmth and pain. ...more
Dark. Surprisingly true-to-life. The Brothers Bishop read like a memoir. Taboo subject matter that is very raw with reality. Most readers won't be able to relate. But I felt conne ...more
This book is a beautiful tragedy. This author has painted a wonderful lolita-like portrait of people in such a honest, unforgiving light that even though some of the characters suck ass, I love them because I can see them as a real truth and not simply a well presented lie.
I read way too many reviews of this book before I purchased it last night. I already knew about Tommy and Simon and Tommy and Nathan for that matter. And I pretty much surmised Tommy ...more
Now and then, I come across a book that I blindly love but can never, ever read again for fear of losing that magic. This is one of those rare gems.
The Brothers Bishop is not an easy read. The content is light years away from sweet or romantic or anything of the sort. The POV character is fucked up and kind of an ass. There are mentions of child abuse, both physical and emotional, that made me want to rip out the throats of fictional characters. But everything is so brutally honest and pai...more
Incest. Pedophilia. Homosexuality. Death. Child abuse...
I'm just laying it all out there for you. This one is NOT a walk in the park, and you need to have a high tolerance for the offensive. All that said and done, this was raw human emotion and wording at its finest. The subject matter in this book is about as forbidden as forbidden gets, but it does not romanticize it at all. It's honest, real, and not pretty in the slightest.
to Newell and Lois Yates. In 1969 his family moved to Lamoni, Iowa, where his father
was the Dean of Students at Graceland College and his mother taught business courses, also at Graceland. Bart graduated from Lamoni High School in 1981, Drake University in 1985 (with a Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance ...more