Posts tagged Historical
Author Name: Suzey Ingold
Book Name: Speakeasy
Release Date: February 18, 2016
In the height of the Prohibition era, recent Yale graduate Heath Johnson falls for Art, the proprietor of a unique speakeasy tucked away beneath the streets of Manhattan where men are free to explore their sexuality. When Art’s sanctuary is raided, Heath is forced to choose between love and the structured life his parents planned for him.
“Would you like to meet my little patito?” she asked me.
I thought for a moment she had said “potato”. But then I remembered that “patito” meant “duckling”. It can also refer to a rather sloppy good natured and stout man. I shook my head. “You have… un patito?”
Being from the UK, I studied little in the way of American history at school beyond the civil war and abolition of the slave trade. My knowledge of the USA’s declaration of war on Mexico in 1846 was therefore embarrassingly sparse, at least until I read this story. Through the eyes of his hero, a young American Lieutenant, Christopher Hawthorne Moss brings both the conflict and major players to life, as well as exploring the reality of being gay in the military during the mid-nineteenth century.
Michael Murphy, who will be seen again in Moss’s WHERE MY LOVE LIES DREAMING, tells his own story of his youth, sent to assist Major General Winfield Scott when President James K. Polk declares war on Mexico in 1846. Michael, or “Mick as he is known to his intimates, has a series of romantic adventures along the way, ending almost tragically at the hands of the young scion of a wealthy Mexican family. You know he gets back to New Orleans, but this stirring tale will tell you how he gets there and why he limps.
Ottar ran off to fetch Bjarne from the stable, where he was repairing the wood and leather saddle for their other horse—a gray and white speckled mare called Flekka.
I’ve never actually read a novel set during the Viking era before, and this one turned out to be a real treat. Seidman is a highly original coming of age novel that blends sorcery, adventure, and a touching love story. The effort to which the author has gone to research the period is obvious. Culture, religion, folklore … he weaves it all seamlessly into the narrative, bringing it to life without in any way slowing the pace.
In Viking Age Iceland, where boys are expected to grow into strong farmers and skilled warriors, there is little place for a sickly twelve-year-old boy like Kol until he catches the eye of a seið-woman—a sorceress—and becomes her apprentice. Kol travels to the sorceress’s home, where her grandson, Thorbrand, takes Kol under his wing. Before long Kol discovers something else about himself that is different—something else that sets him apart as unmanly: Kol has fallen in love with another boy.