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In the small Midwestern town of Dewers, among the turmoil of the 1960s, the conversations of five men leads to sexual exploration, which takes them and the town on a journey through good and evil that will change the entire community and confirm the town’s resolve to survive.
Arrested on charges of public indecency for anonymous sex in the courthouse restroom, five men r
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Paperback, 245 pages
Published January 14th 2015 by Christine F Anderson Publishing and Media (first published January 13th 2015)
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Dianne
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was the late 1960’s, an era being bombarded with turmoil and the awakening of change, but for one small town, the shock of a homosexual scandal among its own sons was too much to bare.

There were four of them, born and raised in Dewers, former soldiers, married family men, and the backbone of the future for a town that has held its own rebuffing change. Of course they blamed “the outsider,” the man from the big city, but was it Gary’s fault or was it a chance meeting of five men in a basicall
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Rob Slaven
Dec 06, 2015 rated it liked it
The nutshell-no-spoilers summary of this book is fairly simple. Our five male protagonists live in a very small town and they get caught up in a large scandal after they're caught having homosexual sex in a public bathroom with each other. The novel is a character sketch (or series of them) rather than one that takes you through a blow-by-blow account (no pun intended) of the deeds in question. Written from the perspective of a dozen different people (the men themselves, their wives, their paren ...more
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Review: SQUARE AFFAIR by Timmothy J. Holt

Only a brave author or a foolhardy one attempts to run a novel in first-person narrative. Timmothy J. Holt proves himself exceptionally brave, because his novel SQUARE AFFAIR is dual first person: two discrete individuals, sometimes in disagreement, taking upon themselves to explain the astonishing events of one small Midwest town. We finish with a portrait of Middle America at the end of the uproarious 1960's, and I think we come away with a better compr
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M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
I liked the storytelling of this book. It follows a different format than what I usually see, and the various perspectives build up a nice picture of the story over time. There's lots of questions in the beginning, but as the chapters go by, you get more and more of the picture - you even get the POV's of the wives of the married men who had engaged in the affair.

A couple of the POV's actually surprised me as these POV's offer a somewhat different version of what others think. (for example, the
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Violet
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
A talented writer. He has the ability to inform, teach and entertain you. As their story unfolds, you'll get to know and enjoy the characters. Add this to your reading list.

Thanks to Timmothy Holt and Goodreads for my copy.
Carlos Mock
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Square Affair by Timothy J. Holt

The story is set in 1969 in the small town of Dewers, IL. It involves five men who get caught having sex amongst themselves in the County Court public restroom: they are arrested and are going to trial.

Bob (Bobby) Thompson is a lawyer and professor at a nearby college. His family - The Thompsons - practically founded the town and Bobby's father, William, is the bank president. Bobby was the Dewers High School quarterback and married his HS sweetheart, Mary. They h
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Kathleen Kelly
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Square Affair ecognized. Square Affair refers to five men who are arrested for having annoymous sex in the Courthouse bathrooms. They never thought they would be caught but they were and now have to face the consequences.
The story is narrated by Clara May and her friend Frieda, the town gossips. These ladies know everything that goes on in town. Clara May had her suspicions but kept it to herself. Clara May is an individual who is very progressive for her age and the era. Because of this a few
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Irene
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it
One outsider and four other men, sons of a very small US town in the late 1960's. A small minded place where everyone knows everyone else's business and homosexuality is not only frowned on but a crime too. So what happens when these 5 men are discovered in the public toilets? The events are told from several different viewpoints and there were several moving sections when the men explained how they felt/were feeling. Sadly many of the characters were only concerned about how the town would reac ...more
Virginia Winfield
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting book. It was definitely not what I normally read. I had a hard time putting it down and I learned some things from this book. This takes place in the 1960's in a small town. You learn a lot about many of the townsman. In some ways you learn a little too much but it is done in a fun way. You have to love the gossips in the town. What is found out during an arrest and trial will be hard to ever forget. I received a copy of this book through smith publicity Inc and netgal ...more
Rachel Watts
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbt, fiction, reviewed
Writing so many first person narratives in the one novel must be incredibly hard to do and I confess, with the exception of Clara May, they all seem quite samesy. I didn’t feel I really got to know any of the characters intimately, despite their habit of describing sexual details with surprising frankness, even to old Clara May, who, inexplicably, doesn’t blink an eye.

Full review here: http://leatherboundpounds.com/2015/07...

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Antonella
Jan 25, 2016 rated it liked it
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I liked that the book is told from the perspective of many different characters, in a very original way.
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