Book: Simon's Mansion by William Poecategories: Book, Coming of Age, Small Town America, Cults, Recovery, Unification Church, Historical Fiction, Award-Winning Fiction, Gay Fiction, LGBT Romance, Suspense, LGBT Literary Fiction
William Poeabout this book: Simon didn't think he would ever go home again, but to plan for his future, he needs to face his past.
For Simon, the family mansion in Arkansas is a part of him. He may have fled small-town life for addiction--first to religion and then to cocaine--but he has found his way home. Now, all that's left is for him to face those he hurt along the way. As Simon navigates his constant internal struggle between faith and atheism, he must make decisions that will forever alter the course of his life.
In this, the third book of his LGBT literary fiction series, author William Poe writes compellingly about his native Arkansas to pen a work of US historical fiction that finally includes the too-often-overlooked stories of gay and lesbian small-town Americans. Simon's Mansion is a moving coming-of-age story about a man finally figuring out how to grow up. Watch for the next novel in the series, Simon Afterward.
Simon's Mansion - semifinalist in the BookLife Prize 2019 in General Fiction
"A moving work of LGBT literary fiction. Poe's writing is understated but still plenty hard-hitting. The inner conflict and emotional turmoil Simon suffers truly resonate, as does his deep-rooted feelings for his mother, Vivian. Simon's Mansion is an engrossing literary novel that offers a moving tribute to those who are unafraid to make their choices and live by them, for an inspiring story of absolution over adversity." Self-Publishing Review ★★★★
In SIMON'S MANSION, William Poe brings his character Simon back to his small town home in Arkansas as he faces the ghosts of his past to desperately find what ultimately matters, creating an emotionally resonant story of universal reach. ~Geoff Watkinson for IndieReader ★★★★.6
"Expressive descriptions and heart-wrenching exchanges make Simon's Mansion a raw LGBTQ+ novel." - Eileen Gonzalez, Clarion ForeWord Reviews
"Simon's continual struggle with forgiveness, recovery, intimate relationships, and the momentum of his life is what gives Poe's books their moxie. An engrossing saga of a gay man dealing with the sins of a lurid past while moving assuredly into the future." --Kirkus Reviews
"Tender, incisive, and altogether memorable, this is a very fine book that explores that journey through gender identification and the stumbling blocks - and rewards - that accompany it. Very highly recommended." --Grady Harp, San Francisco Review Books
"What sets this book apart is its raw originality. Simon's Mansion sensitively and realistically captures the struggles of a young man seeking truth and acceptance following a period of intense struggle. That the author draws from personal experience to craft this story, provides a meaningful level of verisimilitude." --Critic's Report The Booklife Prize
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