August Book Review

Full Circle

Michael Thomas Ford

A novel 

Rated: One thumb up

By far this is a good book, but it took some time to read. The author goes into a lot of detail and describes everything so eloquently that you are thrown into a very elaborate imagery. You delve deep into the mind and heart of each character leaving you helpless to each passing dramatic circumstance. You feel the happiness when love is found, you feel the terror of secrets being uncovered, and you feel the emptiness of love lost. This book is good for those vacation days of wanting to be entertained other than the television. 

Growing up together through the restrictive 1950’s and confusing 60’s Jackson -Jack” Grace and Ned Brummel took solace in their love for each other. But once they arrive at college in 1969 and meet handsome farm boy Andy Kowalski, everything changes. Despite Andy’s apparent heterosexuality, both Jack and Ned fall in hard for him, straining their close friendship. Soon, the three men will become involved in a series of intense liaisons and bitter betrayal, coming together and flying apart, as they alternately hurt, love, shape, and heal one another over the course of years. From the heady, Drug- and sex fueled days of San Francisco in the wild 70’s to the haunting specter of AIDS in the 80’s and the righteous activism of the 90’s, their relationship transforms and grows, reflecting the changes going on around them. Now together again in the most crucial and intimate of settings, Ned, Jack, and Andy have another chance to confront the damage of the past and embrace the bonds of friendship and love that have stood the test of time.

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