Review: “All Is Well” by Dale Cameron Lowry

“All Is Well” by Dale Cameron Lowry (in Simmer: A Dreamspinner Anthology).  Available from Dreamsprinner Press here.
So, I’ve not read the whole anthology yet, but I’ve been skip-hop reading (a delight different from deep reading, but still a delight), and stopped to read the entirety of Dale Cameron Lowry’s short story “All Is Well,” because I like stories that confront limitations (like repression, here, and how beliefs can tangle with desires).  “All Is Well” is about a young Mormon missionary man who gets paired with another Mormon missionary man during their service and, well, all could be well if things didn’t get in the way of them being in love, but they do.

One of the men is a brilliant cook and a somewhat seasoned (pardon the pun) missionary; the other is newer in the game and just beginning to confront his attractions to other men. Aside from the forbidden aspect of two men loving each other, there’s the general prohibition against sexual exercise at all that he’s got to deal with.  What’s lovely is that the story sticks to its guns about the relevance of the attraction between the two men without ever devolving into an “Eff you, Mormons!” sensibility.  These men find a way to make their faith work with their love, in a manner that’s slow, respectful, and real.

Poetry! Book of it! About NYC!

tenement threnody

Jodie’s mother says the song is dirty,

you know, You’ve Got What It Takes,

like in doing it, but at least they talk

about stuff. They’re Unitarians…

–Meredith Trede, Tenement Threnody

 

I just got my copy today.  Love these poems–compact, in a language that manages to feel both truly New York (spare, immediate) and rich.  Keep on, Trede, keep on!

(All your info & ordering links here: http://www.meredithtrede.com/)

 

Tour-Duh!

Get it?  Instead of Ta-Dah!

I am posting this to sheepishly announce that I left off mention of one of today’s tour stops in my last posting.  And to apologize to Prism Book Alliance, who is so kindly hosting me on the final day of my tour, in addition to the other blogs I already mentioned.  And to use this final pun I just thought of.

Here, today’s REAL stops: Up All Night, Read All DayMolly Lolly and Alpha Book Club.  AND Prism Book Alliance.

It’s good today is the final day of the book tour

…because I’ve run out of “tour” puns.  I’m done and can think of no more.

Today, I’ll be talking about writing and books and such at Up All Night, Read All Day, Molly Lolly and Alpha Book Club.

Here’s a thought: why don’t you come by to check out those blogs, read the interviews and post a question or comment so that I can pretend somebody’s out there talking back?  Yeah, do that!