- Title: The Heart's History
- Author: Lewis DeSimone
- ISBN: 9781590213421
- Page: 306
- Format: Paperback
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 theThis 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, the struggle to maintain a balance between connection and individuality Edward s illness is set against the backdrop of a sea change in gay culture, a time when AIDS is assumed to be simply a manageable condition, and when the drive for assimilation through marriage, or the military has begun to trump the distinct characteristics that were once a source of pride Deftly shifting perspectives to paint a compelling portrait of a man and a community on the cusp of a critical transition, The Heart s History gives hope that, despite the impossibility of ever achieving true oneness with another person, it is the attempt itself that gives life its greatest joy.
Recent Comments "The Heart's History"
Stunning on so many levels. DeSimone brilliantly builds his novel around a dying man, his long time friends and his new, younger lover. Each friend has a history with the dying man, but has a story of their own that DeSimone writes beautifully. The book is very thought provoking regarding relationships, intimacy, solitude and grief. Loved this book!
I had to put the book down several times because it made me so sad. That's not a bad thing, the sadness fit in beautifully with the voice and the emotions of the story. I wish the blurb was different, though. I loved learning about all of the men, and I felt a strong connection with Edward, but the way the story was pitched felt too focused on just Edward, ignoring the other men's stories.
A group of friends cope with the loss of one of their own. This one meandered at times and felt like it could have been a bit more cohesive. The main point is the friendships between these men. We get various character's perspectives with each chapter. The idea is that we then get to know each character equally as well as the other, but that doesn't seem to happen. I kept having to remind myself who was who throughout the book.Overall, this fell a bit flat for me. But I did feel the dialogue was [...]
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Heart's History by Lewis DeSimone. This is the first book of his that I've read, but it won't be the last. His writing flows beautifully and he skillfully creates characters that are multidimensional and fully realized. While the overall tone of the book is a bit somber, it is also very insightful and full of humor and wit that kept me reading. I highly recommend the book and I give it five stars.
I became a fan when I read Chemistry a few years ago. DeSimone's new book is well worth the wait. This is the story of a group of gay friends, living in Boston between 2002 and 2007. Their struggles with issues of intimacy, aging, AIDS, love and loss are beautifully portrayed with realistic detail and witty dialogue. The men live and breathe. I cried, I laughed. I felt like I knew them. Highly recommended.
A poignant story of loss and survival.
Another wonderful story by one of my favorite writers. DeSimone has gift for making characters come alive. Highly recommended.
2012 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
A touching story of a group of friends facing loss as they grow apart, and try to hold on as their lives separate them, only to come together as one friend faces his mortality.
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