Lethe Press, Day 16 Giveaway: His Steadfast Love & Other Stories by Paul Brownsey
In the world of Paul Brownsey, God is a camp old queen trying to split up a gay couple; Judy Garland did not die in 1969 and instead ended up wowing her fellow residents in a Scottish care home on karaoke night; a fan of musical theatre steals an Irving Berlin lyric as a Valentine’s poem and spends decades contriving to hide the theft from his lover; after a one-night stand, two men maintain a distant awareness of each other’s lives for a quarter of a century and then face the question: are we in love? Often playful, Scottish author Brownsey’s stories in this collection cast an imaginative eye on gay romance–but, make no mistake, they deal with the life most gay men will recognise, in which meeting lovers and sustaining relationships go alongside the uneasy terrain of acceptance, both internal and external. And as a former philosophy professor at Glasgow University, Brownsey knows how our everyday lives embody the big questions, but he shows this with a light touch and dark humour.
Paul was recommended to me by another author–see, it really is a community rather than a massive foot race. I had never read his work before but found some of his stories published in Scottish LGBT anthologies. What a find! Paul is a masterful writer–it’s why Publishers Weekly gave this collection a starred review. If you like romance and wit, then Paul is the storyteller for you. I’m so happy when someone recommends me a book, an author, and I meet a new, fresh voice.
We have two copies of His Steadfast Love & Other Stories to give away either in print or digital editions.