Another nice review of Boys of Summer (edited by Steve Berman), and my story, Breakwater in the Summer Dark. Everyone seems to think I am a boy.
From Alex’s forthcoming collection of wonder stories You Will Meet a Stranger Far from Home
coming from Lethe Press this July
They say, “Deft humor, hints of romance, and well-constructed suspense leaven the occasional sturdy earnestness, while the rejection of toned hotties as the embodiment of supernatural power in favor of women whose lives have prepared them with the wisdom for their new role is refreshing.”
Latest News from Lethe Press….
This weekend Montlack is inviting friends and lovers of these magical women to join him in the release of his book Divining Divas. Next Saturday, April 28th starting at 9pm at elmo, join Montlack in the celebration of this tome dedicated to divas and the men that love them.
Here is Montlack’s poem about Stevie Nicks:
“And wouldn’t you love to love her?” -Stevie Nicks
like a mare on thoroughbred legs:
some towering foal
on a previous life’s terrain
those boot soles
scraping sandy gravel,
lending shape to a breezy ghostess
delighted by her own sheets,
how they billow
of white arms extended
as sheer capes unfold
sorrows, secrets, hiding places
for the invisible
the fairy child
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Alas, my little magazine does not reach as many readers as I’d like. Which is a disappointment for the authors who I publish.
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Sneak peak of the cover of TOUCH OF THE SEA, edited by Steve Berman
Now out….THE HEART’S HISTORY by Lewis DeSimone….
This is Edward—architect, friend, lover, mystery. Everyone has their own Edward—a kaleidoscope of images struggling to define a man who has never let anyone get too close. But now, Edward is dying, and all of his loved ones are desperate to understand him, to connect fully with him, before it’s too late. In this beautiful and haunting novel, Lewis DeSimone, author of the acclaimed Chemistry, explores the hidden depths of love, and the struggle to maintain a balance between connection and individuality. Set against the backdrop of a sea change in gay culture—when proud defiance struggles against a drive for assimilation—The Heart’s History paints a compelling portrait of a man and a community on the cusp of a critical transition.
Lewis DeSimone’s beautiful novel captures the many facets of contemporary gay life, from sharp humor, long-lasting friendships, and the urban club scene to the insecurities of aging, the uncertainties of romance, and the agonies of a loved one’s loss. It also illuminates a difficult and inescapable truth: we mortals are all elusive mysteries, all in the end unknowable, but that mystery is the very fuel of love.
—Jeff Mann, author of Fog: A Novel of Desire and Reprisal and Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War
With admirable sensitivity, Lewis DeSimone reaches deep into a close community of friends to explore the textured lives of gay men, their urgencies haunted by the traumas and anxieties of the past, illuminated by their current (sometimes troubled) affinities and relationships. At the center of this circle is the endearing couple, Robert and Edward, their touching story a catalyst that allows those near them (including the reader) to consider the power of commitment, the grace of forgiveness. The Heart’s History is a stunning portrait of love.
—Rigoberto González, author of The Mariposa Club and Butterfly Boy
Lewis DeSimone’s The Heart’s History is a novel of trouble and wonder. It moves in unexpected directions and looks into the complicated, real-life struggles that lesser writers tend to simplify or avoid. It is adult in its scope, and generous in its understanding of how loss changes us as both groups and individuals. As soon as I finished, I wanted to start reading all over again.
—Paul Lisicky, author of Lawnboy and The Burning House
Lewis DeSimone is a great writer. His prose is thoughtful, deep, layered and real. His characters are living. It’s about love and sex and AIDS, about human connection and the ultimate unknowability of another person. It’s about the slow assimilation of a larger gay culture that used to be more angry and badass. It’s a really good book written by a very skilled author.
—Michelle Tea, author of Valencia and Rose of No Man’s Land
In The Heart’s History Lewis DeSimone gives us a profoundly moving story about reaching out and pulling back, about intimacy and mystery, written in shapely and nuanced prose. Even better, it also reminds us of important truths about life, gay and otherwise: that time changes everything, that love changes shape, and that friendship can change a world, if we let it. That makes it a book to read closely, with tenderness … and repeatedly.
—Peter Dubé, author of Hovering World and Subtle Bodies