The Beloved Son

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Alyson, 2007 - Fiction - 305 pages
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"Jay Quinn is a deft storyteller."-New York Blade

"[Quinn] has mastered writing about that under-represented gay population, those countless living quiet lives among mainstream society."

It's called the "sandwich" generation, grown children who are simultaneously caring for both aging parents and nearly adult children. Karl Preston, at fifty-two, certainly fits this image, as he lives an emotionally comfortable life with his wife and daughter in an affluent North Carolina suburb. But preparing for a weekend visit to his elderly parents' Florida home, Karl becomes increasingly aware of the pressing concerns of their faltering lives-realizing too it will be the first time in years he has seen his gay brother, Sven.

Frank, Karl's father, is bellicose and bewildered, and Annike, his still beautiful mother, is increasingly isolated, despite her fluency in three languages. Then there is Sven: Harried, loving, and hopeful, he is a forty-year-old gay man who finds his life bound by the confines of his parents' needs, a situation that has taken over his life.

In rich, lyrical prose, Jay Quinn charts what happens when responsibility outweighs love, when obligation turns to guilt, and when the walls come down and the truth unfolds. The Beloved Son marks a new chapter in Jay Quinn's remarkable career, as he paints both a loving and tortured portrait of the modern-day family.

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User Review  - mgaulding - LibraryThing

This was another novel that i found remarkable because of the author's ability to write about a dysfunctional family and to respect and honor each of the family members stories without judging. This ... Read full review

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User Review  - Em - Goodreads

I picked this book up at the library mainly because I wanted to read a Q for the AZ Challenge and I had no idea what to expect, haven't come across the writer before or spoken to anyone else who has ... Read full review


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About the author (2007)

Jay Quinn is the author of Back Where He Started, Metes and Bounds and The Mentor, and the editor or Rebel Yell: Stories of Contemporary Southern Gay Men. He lives in South Florida.

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