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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Brice Brown sings about loyalty and broken hearts, the earnestness of being a proud Southerner, yet his popular country music lyrics are misdirection because Brice has kept hidden his attraction to men for all his life. But when a former lover--and band member--goes to the press with the truth, Brice finds himself sick of all the lies and returning to the sanctuary of his ...more
Published August 26th 2016 by Lethe Press (first published August 25th 2016)
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I'm soo glad that this book made a finalist of the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Award in the category Gay Romance. And my review was the first one posted on GR!!! Congratulations, Jeff!


I am not a country music fan, but I am a big fan of Jeff Mann's writing. Country is my fourth book by the author, the previous three I have read before (Fog: A Novel of Desire and Retribution , Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War and Salvation: A Novel of the Civil War ) belon
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, hot, to-reread
I've never thought that I could really enjoy reading erotica as a part of MMs. Before (Ella Frank's works) instead of enjoying it I found myself skimming the pages. But this rural, masculine, skipping-the deodorant vibe here is a nice change. The sexual tension, flirting, dirty talk and dialogs that followed are unforgettable and kept making me grin, to say the least. Southerners are different. They are hairy guys with bears, guys with strongly built and a bit chubby bodies, who like living in a ...more
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abused, ptsd
It was a lovely, lovely book. Maybe it didn’t break my world, as some other Jeff Mann’s books did, but I still was happy to read it. It’s beautiful, sexy, tender and full of hope.
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A.B. Gayle
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two brawling, ornery country boys who waded through a lot of crap to find one another.”

The above quote from the book sums it up pretty well. Set initially in the latter part of the 1990's the story revolves around the homophobia and dread of being gay in the "country" back then. Small town bigots, people using Old Testament religion to justify their hatred make this a pretty harrowing read at times. But the two men survive even if scarred mentally and physically.
To balance this is a vivid pictur
Ulysses Dietz
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By Jeff Mann
Lethe Press,2016
Four stars

It was so interesting to read this book on the heels of having read J.D. Vance’s plodding memoir ”Hillbilly Elegy” for my (straight) men’s book group. (The straight part was an accident—I was invited by another gay man, and so assumed….) Jeff Mann is, from what I can tell, the same kind of Southern rural boy that his characters Brice and Lucas are. I’m also guessing that he’s my age, since, given the time setting of the book, Brice would be exactly my
Nile Princess
3.5 Anything by Jeff Mann is an automatic buy for me. Was in the mood to re-read this one, and jotted a few notes (review) this time.

If you've read anything by JM, you know he loves good food, liquor and aromatic men. That man loves some musky man loving lol. I loved that he tackled the very real issues of homophobia in country music, and rural parts of the country. As usual, I loved his writing, and this book had awesome supporting characters, but a few things detracted from five stars for me.

Nathan Burgoine
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: glbt
I was lucky enough to get an advance reading copy of this one, and though any of you who follow my blog know I adore Jeff Mann, I have to say I was nervous about this one: it features a bunch of things I don't necessarily connect with: country music, rural culture, and living a closeted life. But I shouldn't have worried.

Following a big name Country star, Brice Brown, who is outed in the late 90's, the exploration of homophobia is bang-on perfect, and all the more vicious given both the time and
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This book made me question audience a lot while I read. It's unabashedly meant for a gay/gay-accepting audience with graphic sex scenes early on, yet the message of prejudice is so forcefully pushed throughout the story, it makes me wonder at times if the author understands his audience. Or maybe it's me. There is something to be said for being able to articulate a personal need for acceptance and a certain wish-fulfillment in living through a character what one wishes they could say in their ow ...more
Jerry L. Wheeler
Jeff Mann’s Brice Brown is a country music star forced out of the closet, suffering the career and life consequences along the way with pathos and humor, running the full gamut of emotions we all remember so well from our own experience with the process. As always, Mann’s writing is singular, his characters complex, and his description of food is mouth-watering. A very worthy addition to Mann’s catalog.
Michael Cody
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being a songwriter and a singer, being physically a bit of a bear myself, and having spent a few years in Nashville and most of my life in the Appalachian Mountains (NC and TN), I identified a great deal with fallen star Brice Brown in Jeff Mann’s COUNTRY. I’m not sure how much experience Mann has with the inner workings of the Music City star machinery, but, when Brice Brown’s former guitarist and former secret lover Zac outs the singer as gay, what happens to Brown in the Music Row offices of ...more
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. This is another really good M/M story by author Jeff Mann. Not nearly as dark and steamy as some of his others (ie. "FOG") but rather just a good read about a famous country star who is exposed as gay which in the fanatically religious south puts him on the wrong side of the Bible and ruins his career, income and almost his heart. He's really saved when he meets Lucas (not until well into the book), a young man also ruined by gay bigots (including his mother), who was in prison for se ...more
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My friend Lena swears by Jeff Mann so I was looking forward to reading him. I think that starting my journey with Country was not a good choice though. Some thoughts as to why:

- This is a story about Brice, homophobia, bourbon, alcohol and southern food. Paula Deen should have had a walk in part. Don't take me wrong I am a girl who loves her food but I love eating it not reading about others eating it or drinking it. So a little less of that would have been great, as well as a little less bacon
Matthew Dye
Cute but flawed

So, while I found it to be a cute story, it is difficult to recommend. The characters are generally well rendered, however there are some baffling choices from the author.

In the first place, it doesn't really seem as though the author understands how people talk. There is dialogue uttered in this work that no human would ever say. It reminds one of the 17th century précieux and betrays a plane bias for overwrought, clunky dialogue. It definitely seems as though the author is over
Gary Garth McCann
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-fiction
In Country we see both the isolation of being in the closet and the isolation of being openly gay but despised by your non-gay community, cut off from your livelihood, physically threatened, and emotionally abused till you’re suicidal. The significance of the novel lies in the fact that in many parts of the world, even many parts of America, some people face this choice.
Outed country music star Brice Brown might not be welcome in some parts of his home state of West Virginia, but he eventually
Elisa Rolle
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Country Jeff Mann
1) This is a gritty tale of love. It’s not the typical "boy meets boy, boy likes boy, boy chases boy, and both boys fall in love with each other" story. Mann weaves a tough tale of two different people. Brice is a unlkeable character in moments, and Brice unknowingly seeks approval and forgiveness when he returns back to his small town where he is not looked upon favorably. Maybe he seeks a new break in life. That’s at least the gist of why
John Crowe-Lockerman
One of the most truly romantic books I have ever read! A beautiful love story, filled with hardships, determination, strong friendships, true love lost, true love found, and redemption! Only Jeff Mann could write a novel like this!
Mike Adams
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Big and hearty tale of Brice, a gay country singer who comes out, faces his homophobic fans and his career's collapse, and starts a relationship with a troubled young man, Lucas, whom he meets a the estate of a wealthy philanthropist.
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Jeff Mann’s poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in many publications, including Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Laurel Review and The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide. He has published three award-winning poetry chapbooks, Bliss, Mountain Fireflies, and Flint Shards from Sussex; two full-length books of poetry, Bones Washed with Wine and On the Tongue; a collection of personal essays, Edge: Tr ...more
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