Without Paradise: A Novel

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iUniverse, Oct 28, 2008 - Fiction - 228 pages
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In a gay twist on Brief Encounter, Charlie Morgan and Ben McSwain meet on a train and are instantly drawn to each other. Charlie is a gay writer and atheist. Ben is an evangelical Christian, widowed with two children, who has never even thought about a relationship with another man. While it appears that these two have nothing in common, they find that they are "soulmates." It's a surprising and joyous discovery for Charlie and a confusing one for Ben as they try to bridge their vastly different lives

Ben has a full life with his work as a nurse, his family and his devotion to his church. His love for Charlie and a personal tragedy will test all of those commitments and make him question everything in his life. Charlie's work takes him to Texas to write a Broadway-bound show in collaboration with his old college roommate, Lee, and sexy, young country and western star, Luke Beecham. It looks like a smash hit until a secret from Lee's past shatters everyone's chances for happiness and brings Charlie to the loneliest place in his life.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
4
Chapter 3
10
Chapter 4
13
Chapter 5
16
Chapter 6
19
Chapter 7
21
Chapter 8
24
Chapter 27
107
Chapter 28
112
Chapter 29
117
Chapter 30
121
Chapter 31
126
Chapter 32
131
Chapter 33
136
Chapter 34
139

Chapter 9
28
Chapter 10
31
Chapter 11
34
Chapter 12
37
Chapter 13
42
Chapter 14
46
Chapter 15
49
Chapter 16
56
Chapter 17
59
Chapter 18
62
Chapter 19
65
Chapter 20
70
Chapter 21
74
Chapter 22
80
Chapter 23
88
Chapter 24
94
Chapter 25
100
Chapter 26
104
Chapter 35
142
Chapter 36
145
Chapter 37
148
Chapter 38
152
Chapter 39
158
Chapter 40
162
Chapter 41
167
Chapter 42
173
Chapter 43
179
Chapter 44
184
Chapter 45
187
Chapter 46
190
Chapter 47
196
Chapter 48
199
Chapter 49
207
Chapter 50
211
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Kenneth Sean Campbell's first novel, The Treasure of the Greedy Pirate, was written when he was five and is his best work to date. He is a recovering alcoholic, a recovering Methodist and a recovering Texan. It's enough to deal with.

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