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Winter Blossoms by Paul Iasevoli
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 1-fiction, 8-authors-i-know, 9-read-2018-08-august

Both the title and the cover of this book caught my attention. Winter Blossoms, a novel published in 2018 by Paul Iasevoli, takes place in 1980s New York City where a young twenty-something named Chris struggles to survive amidst everything blowing up around him. Friends dying of a mysterious disease, his boyfriend cheating on him with a woman, learning how to date in a very sexually-charged gay culture... Iasevoli tackles it all in small doses and scenes in this very realistic novella. It's under 100 pages and reads quickly... taking us through several of NYC's boroughs where we understand the different types of opportunities presented to Chris over the course of a few months. With each page that passes by, you wonder... will he end up okay or will he disappear and/or fall down along his path?

Running the range of both graphic physical and lighthearted emotional tension, we see Chris handle a break-up, casual sex, the bar scene, falling in love, and learning to trust himself. Iasevoli will transport you to the not-so-distant past and show you a different side of life you may not know of or ever experienced. In some ways, it's much the same today in terms of trying to find love amidst immediate gratification. It's also very different than today where our mobile phones, internet-culture, and general acceptance of a different lifestyle offers things much more easily. Thirty-five years ago, it wasn't easy finding someone to potentially fall in love with in a culture and environment were much was still taboo and opportunity was often slim. Casual might have been easier to find, but that's not what Chris wants.

As an intro to this author, I very much enjoyed the writing style and scenery depicted in this work. The characters were well-drawn for a short novel... just enough to get a feel for who they are but not too much where the picture is fully painted. I look forward to seeing more from Paul Iasevoli.
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Reading Progress

August 24, 2018 – Shelved
August 24, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
August 24, 2018 – Shelved as: 8-authors-i-know
August 24, 2018 – Shelved as: 1-fiction
August 27, 2018 – Started Reading
August 28, 2018 – Shelved as: 9-read-2018-08-august
August 28, 2018 – Finished Reading

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Susanne  Strong Fantastic review James!

James Susanne wrote: "Fantastic review James!" Thank you! How're you doing?

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