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Web research leads Denver magazine editor Gabe Mangan to rediscover his first boyfriend Adam, lost decades back. Now a scientist enjoying Nobel Prize rumors, Adam wants to reconnect. Their story unfolds in new emails and old memories as Gabe tries to untangle the mystery of their cruel and sudden break-up.


Finally, at the airport rendezvous spot, Au Bon Pain, Gabe discovers
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Published May 27th 2012 by JMS Books LLC (first published March 20th 2012)
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I had to sleep on it before I came up with a review that would make some sense about how I felt. The emails exchanged between the Archbishop and Gabriel were fascinating unfortunately there was no resolution to the conversation or points being made. Too much to tell and not enough story to get all the details I wanted. Religious and political statements on certain wartime atrocities are all well and good if they can be elaborated on. It felt superficial because of the confusing issue of another ...more
Lucy
May 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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I had a very difficult time figuring out how to rate this one because it was so sad to me. Gabe is a successful magazine editor, who is trying to verify “many-toed flax”, a noxious weed. What keeps coming up on Google is “marshy toadflax”, along with the eminent professor who has studied it, and may win a Nobel prize for those studies, Dr. Adam Schneider. Dr. Schneider also happens to Gabe’s first love, the man he lost his virginity to and the man who complete
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Lucy
Apr 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed for heartsonfirereviews.com


This is the story of Gabe, a gay college student living in a two flat with other roommates – Conrad downstairs who has a rich father and mysterious stretch Lincoln errands; Rain who has a rich father but works as a janitor to assert her independence; Russ who is Rain’s boyfriend but knows of Gabe’s crush on him; and finally Candy who isn’t really a roommate but parties with Conrad and becomes friends with Gabe. If it sounds convoluted, it sort of is.

Conrad an
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Kristen
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Great short story collection that comes together to make something more than a short story collection - because they build upon each other, and coalesce into a novel - no, not exactly a novel, because a novel is a single story, with subplots. Au Bon Pain is more than that too.

The stories follow Gabe, a 21-year-old gay virgin in the first story, "Straight People and Their Problems," living with a hetero couple in '70s Denver. When Gabe's crush on the guy works out in the wrong way, he turns to h
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Lucy
Apr 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed for heartsonfirereviews.com


Gabe is in love with his boyfriend, Marty. It is an interracial relationship, one that Gabe’s father would loudly disparage. To save Marty from this, Gabe doesn’t allow Marty, or anyone really, to meet his father. Marty has met his sister and his mother, but he feels that Gabe is ashamed. He’s right, Gabe is ashamed – of his father.

Gabe’s father is a bigot, a racist, a homophobe and a drunk. At times he is violent, and possibly abusive. Gabe has never learned
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Chris
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, ebook, gay, short, done
Poignant short story about a guy who has the chance to reconnect with his first love - the first love who dumped him and vanished.
Idamus
Apr 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
2.5* it felt like a huge chunk of story was missing
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After growing up in an immigrant-lumbering-fishing town on California's Mendocino coast, and after college in Sacramento and San Francisco, I headed to Colorado to teach high school and work on my M.A. in Denver University's Writing Program. I still enjoy Denver's mellow city life, exploring the Rocky Mountains and the redrock canyons of western Colorado and southern Utah.

In the late 80's I joine
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