Ben Monopoli

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Ben Monopoli lives in Boston with his husband, Chris. His newest book is Mateo Was Here: A Novella.

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“It's not about who you sleep with, or whether you know about sports or tools or have a pearl-wearing wife or whether commercials make you cry. [...] it's about whether you step up. When something hard comes along. A man steps up. He doesn't dodge it or run away from it or try to push it onto someone else. He steps up. Even if it isn't his responsibility. And that's why there are so many guys and so few men. Because stepping up is hard.”
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“I have learned... that memories aren’t things that have to pile up and overwhelm you. They’re just colors... that shade all the new things you feel.”
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“Fiction is true. It doesn’t have to factual to be true.”
Ben Monopoli, The Painting of Porcupine City

“The bathroom door opened and Griff emerged in a cloud of steam, the grand entrance of every B-movie alien I’d ever seen. Maybe this wasn’t Griff at all but some interstellar prankster setting me up. Forget about abductions, anal probes and secret alien cookbooks—the real fun was in poking at the Earthlings’ old heartaches.”
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“For as long as we can remember,” [Griff] said, “I mean literally our whole conscious lives, time has been neatly divided into semesters and years. Each year completely distinguishable and unique. First grade, third grade. We didn’t measure by age, we measured by grade. Like I know I broke my arm in sixth grade but I’d have to do the math to figure out what year that was, or how old I was.”
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“I have learned... that memories aren’t things that have to pile up and overwhelm you. They’re just colors... that shade all the new things you feel.”
Ben Monopoli, The Cranberry Hush

“It's not about who you sleep with, or whether you know about sports or tools or have a pearl-wearing wife or whether commercials make you cry. [...] it's about whether you step up. When something hard comes along. A man steps up. He doesn't dodge it or run away from it or try to push it onto someone else. He steps up. Even if it isn't his responsibility. And that's why there are so many guys and so few men. Because stepping up is hard.”
Ben Monopoli, The Painting of Porcupine City

“Fiction is true. It doesn’t have to factual to be true.”
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Matthew Your books are definitely a good way to warm up during this Arctic Chill going on.


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Darkm Thanks :)


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Sue Ah, you are more than welcome. It is a small way to thank you for sharing yourself with us. :)


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Ben Sue wrote: "Hi Ben - thanks for the add. I just finished Porcupine City and I don't have the words to say how much I enjoyed it...."

Thanks so much, Sue! I just read your review of the book and I was blown away by your kind words. I'm glad you liked it! :-)


message 8: by Sue

Sue Hi Ben - thanks for the add. I just finished Porcupine City and I don't have the words to say how much I enjoyed it. It is definitely one of those stories that will stay with me for a long time; not easily forgotten.


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Kat Thanks for adding me, Ben :)


Lauraadriana Yay! You got your book on GR! I already added it on by TBR. Oohh you're reading Shadow of the Wind that is of my all time faves. So good! Enjoy! And can't wait for September 1st!


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Ben Matt wrote: "Hi Ben. Glad we're friends! You book looks interesting. And the reviews have convinced me to check it out!"

Thanks for friending me, dude! I hope you like the book!


Lauraadriana Ben wrote: "Lauraadriana wrote: "Thanks for adding me Ben! Still sighing over Griff and Vince :O)"

You're welcome! Thank you for the great review! :-)"


Thank you Ben for the brilliant story! It saved my Saturday...I am pimping out this book to all my friends like it's my job :O) People need to know!!!


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Ben Lauraadriana wrote: "Thanks for adding me Ben! Still sighing over Griff and Vince :O)"

You're welcome! Thank you for the great review! :-)


Lauraadriana Thanks for adding me Ben! Still sighing over Griff and Vince :O)


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Ben Thank you! :-)


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