I bawled my fool head off the first time I read Charlotte’s Web. And the second, and the …

I haven’t changed. I’m a sentimental old sap.

I have an excellent recommendation for anyone who wants a great read and one or two good cries.


At Swim Two Boys is much more than just a ground-breaking gay love story, eh Fred Shirley?

It’s a wonderful, wrenching gay love story, but it’s much more than that.

It’s also an exploration of intersection of the constructs of nationalism and sexual orientation, an excellent ground-level view of the Easter Rising and Bloody Sunday, and a look into both the depths of human darkness and the power of redemption.

It’s a ripping, rollicking good read all along, not a characteristic shared by all great novels.

And this is a great novel, destined to be read for generations.

Oh, and Fred’s mum vouches for it too. Fred got her a copy and she finished it recently.

Loved it, eh Fred?

Just make sure you have some tissues handy if you decide to tackle it.

That ending!


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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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