If you're overly sensitive and/or require romance and happy endings, don't go near this novel. There's nothing "traditional" about the complex love story detailed herein. But if you want to read a superb work of contemporary fiction (not just gay literary fiction, because a novel this exceptional transcends all genre boundaries), grab it up fast. Our craft does not get any better than this. Just make sure to read it while you're alone.
The Brothers Bishop by Bart Yates
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I cannot remember the last time a book left me sobbing at the end -- especially one that had me chuckling well past the beginning. The whole day is shot for me. This is a painfully profound and brilliant piece of work, the most affecting I've read since The Madness of a Seduced Woman, and "awarding" it a handful of stars seems both presumptuous and demeaning.
My biggest question is, how did Yates manage to write this without lacerating himself to shreds? Goddamn...
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