Natale, Richard Junior Willis , Bold Strokes Books, 2014.Confronting SelfAmos LassenLeaving the Midwest in the early 50s, Tom Larson knows that he is going to have to face up to his sexual and romantic desires He begins his awakening in Korea where he has a love affair with his commanding officer Then on a trip to Cuba before Castro with his fianc e, he begins a romance with a young Cuban But by 1969 that was all in his past and he is now a successful film TV writer However, he finds himself in love once again but this time with Junior Willis Willis teases Tom with his wild tales of heterosexual liaisons and Tom believes that this love will never come to fruition Yet his love for Willis consumes him and ahs he comes to accept himself as a gay man, American gay consciousness is beginning to take hold He is living in that period between the end of the second World War and Stonewall It just so happens when he finally stops questioning his nature and his desire for affection, love finds him.We first meet a young Tom on a military base in Korea when he begins to discover and play with his sexuality Keeping in mind when the story is set, we see that at that time, people did not come out publicly Natale introduces us to characters in the 50s, 60s and 70s who deal with their sexuality.While this is a story about a gay man, it could be about anyone living in that period Sex was not discussed openly as it is today In many hears, happiness came with fear and doubt.Here it is the characters that propel the plot and we learn about them by reading their wants and desires, by how they see themselves and by what they want out of life This is how it was once and Natale does a wonderful job of describing it. Romantic gay wish fulfillment fantasy of May September mid century love affair Highly entertaining, well written, at times erotic, funny and ultimately moving. From The Moment He Leaves The Midwest In The Early S, Tom Larson Is Forced To Confront His Sexual And Romantic Desires At Every Turn His Awakening Begins In Korea Where He Has An Affair With His Commanding Officer On A Trip To Pre Castro Havana With His Then Fianc E, He Embarks On A Star Crossed Romance With A Young Cuban Zealot In Los Angeles, During The Life Altering Summer Of , Tom, Now A Successful Film TV Writer, Is Consumed By Shame By His Unrequited Love For Junior Willis, A Handsome Young Man Who Taunts Him With Vivid Tales Of Heterosexual Prowess Tom S Tortured Journey From Self Loathing To Self Acceptance And Happiness Mirrors The Slow But Steady Evolution Of Gay Consciousness From The Post War War II Years To Stonewall But When He Finally Stops Questioning His Nature And His Yearning For Affection, Love Finds Its Way To Tom S Doorstep
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- 109 pages
- Junior Willis
- Richard Natale
- 22 October 2019 Richard Natale