In the scope of relationships, sibling relationships are incredibly important. It is the type of relationship that you hope will start strong and become stronger. When one sibling is gay, it can put a strain on that relationship, no matter how unnecessary or foolish it may seem. As a lesbian, it is easy to relate to this situation no matter what the gender of the siblings.
Set in the late seventies, Gregory G. Allen’s debut novel, Well With My Soul, explores the sibling relationship between a straight man and a gay man. The novel is told from the perspective of both brothers, one a liberal gay man who moves to New York City and the other a conservative living with his family in Tennessee.
Experiencing the novel from a previous decade can give an eye-opening glimpse of where we were, how far we have come, and how far we still need to go in awareness of and equality for the LGBT community. The novel also explores how sometimes the sibling relationship can be the most important, and losing that relationship, losing family, can be one of the hardest things to deal with. It is interesting to see how two brothers from the same family can devote their lives to such opposite causes.
The release of the novel coincides with this year’s National Coming Out Day, October 11.
Allen will be in Philadelphia, at Giovanni’s Room, on November 5th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. He will be discussing Well With My Soul, so take some time to show your support and to ask any questions you may have.
Click for Giovanni’s Room information (http://www.giovannisroom.com/) or my article on Giovanni’s Room.
For more information on Allen, visit his website (www.ggallen.net).
If November 5th doesn’t work for you, he will be in various other places throughout October and November:
October 18: Well Read Books. 425 Lafayette Avenue, Hawthorne, NJ, 6:30pm http://www.thewellreadbookstore.com/
October 30: Music at the Mansion · Oakside Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave, Bloomfield, NJ, 3:00pm http://www.oakeside.org/
Nov 12: words! Bookstore, 612 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park NJ 4:00-6:00pm http://www.facebook.com/pages/words-Asbury-Park/169556654237
Nov 19: The Pride Center of New Jersey, 85 Raritan Avenue, Suite 100, Highland Park, NJ 08904 3:00-5:00 pm http://www.pridecenter.org/
Publication date: October 11, 2011
Author: Gregory G. Allen
Publisher: ASD Publishing
Format: Original Trade Paperback
13-digit ISBN: 978-0-9836049-0-7