When Butterflies Kiss: A Novel

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Silver Lion Press, 2001 - Fiction - 200 pages
Ten writers-all rising stars-weave a collective novel, chapter by chapter. The story, before it's written, is completely unknown. The first writer creates a brother named Dante, whose biggest desire is to lie tangled in the sweetness of a woman. His life is a chaotic mix of testosterone-charged competition and romantic fiascoes. He could go on this way, dodging his boys' challenges and running from commitment, but for the enigmatic nightmares that torment him at night.When Butterflies Kiss defies convention with its multiple authors and fresh insight. One by one, the collective imagination of these ten provocative writers reveals the depths of Dante's psyche as they detail his reckless journey through love and relationships. In the end, Dante is faced with a choice: remain trapped in the baseness of his flesh, or rise to conquer his fears and finally sleep, nightmare free. The conclusion of this challenging and imaginative novel puts a surprising new spin on the search for love, fulfillment and personal redemption.

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A collaborative effort of ten lesser-known African-American writers (including the publisher), and a variation on the popular, sex-laced 1960s serial novel Naked Came the Stranger. Dante, a.k.a. Eric ... Read full review


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