Book Review/Book of the Month, In My Father's House
In My Father's House, 2011, by the late E. Lynn Harris. Every time I re-read one of E. Lynn Harris's books I sigh with regret that this great storyteller is gone from this world. He was and will always be one of my favourite authors. His genre, gay men's fiction isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I don't care. (I really don't like to categorize his work that way but that's how most book retailers do it.) Beauty in words is all that matters to me. I also don't care because not only was he a great writer but to me gay relationships are just relationships like all other human beings have. Love, companionship, loyalty, respect. Things that most of us want and/or need.
In My Father's House has some graphic sex scenes that I could have done without but that goes with any other author. Yes, sex happens but I don't need the details. That's just me, nuff said about that.
In My Father's House follows the life of main character Bentley Dean as he breaks away from a privileged life in Michigan, to struggling and building his own identity and life in hot & steamy Miami, Florida.
Bentley Dean's life was planned out for him. From whom he should marry. To where he would attend school. To Bentley eventually working in some capacity in the family business. As he and his family learn, life doesn't always work out according to plan.
Bentley's father does not approve of his only son being gay & choosing to live his truth. So Bentley leaves to start fresh. Breaking off ties and going into the unknown. Discovering who he is and what he needs to do to make a new and different life for himself.
I give In My Father's House A Novel 4.5/5.
Anyone else a fan of E. Lynn Harris's work?
Till next time,
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