The Beloved Son
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The Beloved Son

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"Jay Quinn is a deft storyteller."-New York Blade

"[Quinn] has mastered writing about that under-represented gay population, those countless living quiet lives among mainstream society."

It's called the "sandwich" generation, grown children who are simultaneously caring for both aging parents and nearly adult children. Karl Preston, at fifty-two, certainly...more
Hardcover, 286 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Alyson Books
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Thomas Wolfe said, "You Can't Go Home Again," and whether or not that statement rings true is likely to vary from person to person. Although we all may have a natural inclination to break free from the nest of our upbringing after a certain age, returning back to where it all started for us shouldn't be forbidden or a circumstance we'd rather avoid. Karl Preston, the protagonist of Jay Quinn's provocative new novel The Beloved Son, has managed to keep a considerable distance, both physically and...more
Mark Gaulding
This was another novel that i found remarkable because of the author's ability to write about a dysfunctional family and to respect and honor each of the family members stories without judging. This author has written several gay-themed novels, all worth reading. But this book was a particular "gay" story from the perspective of the older and straight brother. The book, much like First Person Plural, takes on in a very significant way, a homophobic elderly father who at the end of his life must...more
I picked this book up at the library mainly because I wanted to read a Q for the A-Z Challenge and I had no idea what to expect, haven't come across the writer before or spoken to anyone else who has. The book explores family relationships and includes themes such as aging parents, having adult chidren, gay siblings and the journey and challenges of marriage/longterm partners. I found it very readable, well written although some of the emotional conversations and exchanges felt a little bit "Opr...more
brand new from booksale for P75 :-) a straightforward and touching story about family foibles, farewells and forgiveness.
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