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The Beloved Son
by Jay Quinn
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 fits this image, as he lives an emotionally comfortable life with his wife and daughter in an affluent North Carolina suburb. But preparing for a weekend visit to his elderly parents' Florida home, Karl ...more
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Alyson Books
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Jay Quinn writes such beautiful stories about family life. His stories always involve gay men in contemporary settings and stories focused not just on gay romance or gay sex, but on real day to day life involving a myriad of relationships. His stories include gay men and their relationships with their partners, mothers, brothers, friends, neighbours, relatives etc etc In this way it is so easy to appreciate and understand his stories because they are grounded and rooted in reality.
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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
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
I love Jay's writing. His characters are completely believable with all the good and bad that's in us all. This story centres on family and the difference between generations and two brothers. The descriptions of love, the dilemmas they all face are beautiful. I feel I know Florida well now. I'd recommend Jay Quinn to anyone who wants a deeply drawn portrayal of love and families.