GARDENS OF HOPE: A NOVEL
"Tugs at the heartstrings while bringing into focus a too often overlooked injustice in U.S. history."- Kirkus Reviews
Can two men from the same city but segregated worlds maintain a connection during a time in US history that not only brands one of them as the enemy but denies that a love such as theirs could even exist?
On the surface, Jack appears to have all a man in World War II era 1941 could want with his solid middle-class background, upcoming college graduation, and the perfect, devoted fiancee. But one night when he accidentally stumbles upon a shadow life of men who desire other men in a Downtown Los Angeles park, he begins to realize exactly what has always left him with a feeling of emptiness.
Despite the constant danger of being arrested by vice cops, Jack continues to visit the park every chance he has to feel a connection, no matter how fleeting, with another man. One night he meets a handsome and charismatic Japanese-American, Hiro, who appears to want more than a quick encounter, and Jack surprises himself by starting to truly fall in love for the first time.
However, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt issues Executive Order 9066 and orders the mandatory relocation of over 100,000 Japanese-Americans, who have never been charged with any crime, to far flung internment camps sites. Jack and Hiro suddenly find themselves torn apart before their secret, fledgling romance can blossom.
Desperate to find and reconnect with Hiro, Jack accepts a high school teaching position at an internment camp in the California desert, Manzanar. There, surrounded by armed guard towers and a prison-like environment, Jack begins to fully realize the injustices being faced by Hiro and other Japanese-Americans during one of the most controversial times of United States history.
“Gardens of Hope” is a beautifully-written story that is equal parts heart-wrenching and life-affirming. There are no on-page sex scenes, but the love between Hiro and Jack permeates every page. The author deftly leads us through to an ending that might have been “hokey” in less-talented hands, but is perfect. Honestly, I sobbed through the ending of this story the first time I read it, and the second time as well. I highly recommend “Gardens of Hope : A Novel.”- Gay Book Reviews
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Praise for "A Time Before Me":
"For anyone who remembers what it was like coming out or for those who might be contemplating coming out." -- Family & Friends Magazine
"For anyone who remembers what it was like to fall in love for the first time--both the heartbreak and the joy. A sheer pleasure to read." -- Steve Kluger, author of "Almost Like Being In Love"
"Michael Holloway Perronne touches the heart of relationships and our fear of letting go. -- Greg Lily, author of "Fingering the Family Jewels"
"Michael Holloway Perronne's stunning work, a must own for fans of gay fiction." -- GayWired.com
"sweet and imaginative...A Time Before Me laces its sentimentality with enough jagged reality to give it an interesting edge." -- Books to Watch Out For, Edition 15
"Debut novelist Perronne presents a believeable and engaging cast of characters in this quiet tale of self-realization." -- Kirkus Discoveries Reviews
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