A young man’s emotional journey to salvage relationships destroyed in the wake of a school shooting.
It is a rare occurrence when a novel leaves me both breathless and speechless, this is one of those rare occasions. The Man I Love knocked me off my feet, I’m still reeling from the after effects.
The Man I Love is more than a love story. It’s a lens into the beautiful brutality of life. It’s a glimpse into the intricate machinations of life and love along with the many challenges and successes presented while striving to maintain balance. It’s about weathering love’s quiet storms. Add violence into the mix along with heartbreaking tragedy and you have a slice of life paining anyone to endure as we see Erik take on more than a person should be dealt in a lifetime.
Laqueur takes the reader into the depths of Erik’s life, revealing all facets as he is nakedly exposed. He stands in glorious rawness, vulnerable, guarded. So eloquently bared, Erik is depicted with sensitivity and authenticity as to not appear over dramatized or affecting.
Laqueur masterfully crafts a narrative emotionally compelling, with starts and stops. Highs and lows will cause you to pause as you gather your bearings right along with Erik and others. The apex of the narrative is halting, leaving you greatly affected. You see and feel the carnage, swim through the mayhem leaving you exhausted, your senses depleted. As the pieces are slowly assembled, Laqueur, layer by layer gathers momentum ascending Erik until the ugly hand of what’s occurred and what has yet to transpire casually pulls Erik and others down a unforgettable spiral to darkness. Will the nightmares end? Will peace be found? Will quiet be obtained in a mind filled with screams? Erik’s journey is amazingly portrayed with absolute perfection and brilliance. He is unforgettable and his journey memorable.
Laqueur’s writing is stunning, painstaking detail sets complicated scenes, gives dimension to emotions. Her prose is hypnotic, raw and sensually descriptive. Her words have the ability to grab the reader into the reverie of the narrative causing you to experience the duality of words and actions. Her words breathe life, your senses fully engaged, she creates a true reading experience on many levels.
This is one remarkable story, you will laugh, cry, have highs and lows on this emotional roller coaster journey. A story forever etched in your mind and heart. Suanne Laqueur has clearly demonstrated unlimited talent and artistry with this incredible debut novel, an authoress with endless potential, a rising star with certainty. Not a surprise The Man I Love is causing a sensation, it is sensational. A must read!!
Paperback, 1, 590 pages
Published June 16th 2014 by Cathedral Rock Press