Narrated by the author and Akie KotabeChallenge: TOB Short List Genre: Contemporary Lit, Queer Lit Type/Source: Audiobook, Audible Why I read this now: I wanted a shorter one from the possibles. This sounded like it might be suitable in audio form?
MOTIVATION for READING: TOB Shortlist.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: The love affair? living arrangement? of Ben and Mike. They meet, they have sex, they curse, they move in together, Mike flies off to Japan to “be there” for his dad’s last days as he dies of cancer just as his mom flies from Japan to stay with him. Thus, Ben and Mike’s mom are now cohabitating and cooking together. Ben and Mike wonder about their relationship with few attempts to talk it out. Oh yea, Ben’s father is an alcoholic and Ben is wrestling with that relationship, too.
THOUGHTS: Aside from the delicate topic of dying parents and the care required to work through the grief, especially when the relationship is strained, I thought this was rather boring. Maybe all the sex and cursing. Which I’m not sure I would have been hyper-aware of the cursing if Ruthiella hadn’t called it out! LOL. See? I shouldn’t be laughing at these guys worrying about their fathers.
RATING: Three slices of pie. Salted Caramel Pecan Chocolate Pie, perhaps?! Would have been a 2 slicer if I hadn’t encountered the caramel and pecan pie…
When Mary brought a pie to the table, double-layered in caramel and pecans, she said her daughter and I should share it,…”