Hi, friends and readers:
I just learned of a very complimentary book review of my new novel Becoming Andy Hunsinger appearing the Boys on the Brink book review site. Here’s wait the reviewer had to say about my book:
“This was my first foray into the work of Jere’ M. Fishback, but I’m sure it won’t be my last. What a compelling read this turned out to be, part coming-of-age tale, part romance. I also completely fell in love with the protagonist. Despite his flaws, his tendency to sleep around and give his heart away too easily, Andy won me over from the outset. He stands up for his ideals with a strength even he didn’t realize he possessed, and this, coupled with a genuine kindness, had me rooting for him to find the happiness he deserved.
“In Florida, 1975, homosexuality is frowned upon both by the law and society in general. College student Andy Hunsinger, therefore, has no desire to announce his sexuality to the world. He has so far kept it from his family and friends, fearful of earning their disappointment, or worse, their disgust. This all changes when Anita Bryant brings her homophobic “Save Our Children” campaign to Tallahassee. Talked into joining a demonstration along with some fellow LGBT students, Andy gives an interview to a television reporter, outing himself in the most public manner possible.
“With his secret out in the open, Andy discovers the freedom that comes from being true to himself and his sexuality. Of course, there are some who condemn his lifestyle, but he encounters just as many who are willing to embrace it, who admire him for his courage. For all Andy’s comfort in his own skin, however, the one thing he longs for most remains elusive. Love. After a string of hookups, he finds himself falling hard for his close friend Travis. Yet, with Travis struggling to reconcile being gay with his religious beliefs, Andy could be destined for more heartache.
“Becoming Andy Hunsinger is an unusual book, one of the quirkiest I’ve picked up in a while. The plot has a fluidity about it, with no definite structure, no big climax at the end. Surprisingly though, this makes it no less captivating. In fact, the meandering style of the narrative, the way one event flows into the next, is reminiscent of real life, so that the story read as much like an autobiography as a fictional account, and I was entranced from start to finish.”
It’s always nice for a writer to see his work appreciated by readers, and I couldn’t resist sharing this review with all of you.