LEADING MEN by Christopher Castellani is, simply put, a magnificent piece of historical fiction. While examining the time when Tennessee Williams went to Italy with his long-time lover Frank Merlo to write sequences for Vuisconti's film SENSO, Castellani introduces us to a world forgotten and fabulous. From parties at Truman Capote's villa to the dizzying extravagant film sets, Frank and Tennessee meet a young actress and another writer, one long-since forgotten, John Horne Burns and his lover, which leads to an examination of 'the sidekick/the other'. What does it mean to be a muse, and can a muse ever hope to mean as much to an artist as his actual art? Castellani, through luscious prose and delicate plotting, delves into the heart of what it means to be loved as well as what it means to have BEEN loved -- two very different things. This is the best book I have read in ages, and I cannot wait to tell my customers all about it. It's the kind of popular literary novel that catches fire in your brain and just refuses to let go. I loved every p
This delightful book deals with the loss of small-town Main Street and how it is affecting our small towns as well as the eccentric characters who live there. Funny, sweet, and full of people I want to know, this is a great new novel.
This little book packs a real emotional punch! Van Gogh's sunflowers, a mother's love for her son, and an enduring friendship all come together to make this one of the best novels of 2018.
The incredibly moving novel is about a young girl who discovers her beloved uncle had someone in his life, and she wants to know him. This book beautifully navigates the rebellious years of a teenage girl as well as the crippling effects of the AIDS crisis.