A Time Before Me
Growing up in a small Mississippi town, shy and inexperienced Mason spends much of his time with his best friend and childhood crush, the charming and daring Billy. When a six-pack of beer leads to a kiss between the two, Mason believes his dreams have come true. Billy's disregard for the incident, however, dashes Mason's hopes.
After graduation, Mason fears he's doomed to spend a humid Mississippi summer scooping ice cream. But everything changes when his vivacious Aunt Savannah invites him to live with her in New Orleans and work in the box office of her drag queen cabaret. It's there--in the decadent and liberating French Quarter--that Mason begins to fall for Joey, a strikingly handsome and sweet nineteen-year-old, who may just be ready to open his heart to someone new.
When Mason's lingering feelings for Billy threaten his new romance, Mason must make a choice. With the help of his aunt and a sassy drag queen, Miss Althea, Mason learns that the only way to get anywhere is to roll life's dice and take a chance.
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A TIME BEFORE MEUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
One gay man's down-home coming-of-age story.Debut novelist Perronne presents a believable and engaging cast of characters in this quiet tale of self-realization. Mason Hamilton, the lone son of a ... Read full review