Friday, May 05, 2006

Advance praise for CHEMISTRY

“LYRICAL AND INTENSELY MOVING. . . . DeSimone writes with passion and calm assurance about two men trying, not always successfully, to find a way to love each other. DeSimone's astute psychological analyses come to us in one beautifully written sentence after another. It's an irresistible combination.”—Robert Taylor, Author of Whose Eye Is on Which Sparrow?, All We Have Is Now, Revelation and Other Stories, and The Innocent

“BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN, Lewis DeSimone's Chemistry deals with mental illness with an honesty that is painfully real. 'Chemistry,' says Neal the narrator, 'is about reactions, two elements coming together and creating something new. . . . Two elements come together, and neither is the same again.' Readers of this novel will not be unmoved by the story of Neal and Zach, and of Martin, Neal's friend. We should all wish for a friend like Martin.”—Dale Edgerton, Author of Goneaway Road

“DeSimone skillfully maps the everyday romance and unexpected roadblocks between new lovers. This is A BRAVE AND ENGAGING NOVEL, deftly blending yearning, confusion, compassion, and heartbreak."—Jameson Currier, Author of Where the Rainbow Ends

Chemistry is about attraction and repulsion—finding new love and nursing broken hearts. This wonderful, touching gay novel, set in the age of Prozac and AIDS, offers readers real characters they will care about and think about long after the story ends.”—Gary M. Kramer, Author of Independent Queer Cinema: Reviews and Interviews

“A THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE READ. This is a love story. . . . and so much more. This sensual, erotic novel explores with unusual honesty the nature of romantic chemistry. What is it about a certain someone that attracts—his special qualities? Our vulnerabilities? Both? To what extent should we follow our hearts? Should we ever question whether a man who seems too good to be true . . . actually is? DeSimone handles these issues with grace, insight, and wit, while exposing his characters’ deepest intimacies.”—Daniel M. Jaffe, Author of The Limits of Pleasure


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