This is my third book, and although I have lived in S.F. since 1988, it’s the first book to be published (though I have several on the back burner) that is set in the city and which deals with the sort of pressing issues that people who live here face. On the one hand, it’s a wonderfully tolerant place with great natural beauty; on the other, it’s a struggle to survive here and can be numbing and exhausting and soul-sucking.
Elsie Street falls under the genre of dysfunctional romance, though I didn’t know there was such a genre until I went looking on the Web! It’s also the first book I’ve written where I have the characters using cell phones, texting, Facebook… all the methods by which we connect nowadays and sometimes distance ourself from our actions, as well. One of the main characters even works at Twitter.
Here is the book description:
Boston native Dave Madden has just been fired from a dead-end bartending job in San Francisco. His long-suffering girlfriend helps him get a job at a nearby art museum as a guard. But what Dave finds there will challenge his whole sense of identity. For despite a fling with a college roommate that ended too soon for his liking, he considers himself straight.
When Dave encounters woozy young Aaron Andersen at a work event–openly gay, with a house of his own in SF’s hip Bernal Heights neighborhood–he at first sees the 24-year-old techie as a harmless nerd and offers to drive him home. But Aaron soon has a seductive hold on Dave, and as the men’s lives become more intertwined, Dave finds himself falling into an unexpected and passionate relationship, one that will require all his loyalty and commitment, and his faith in love.
Both men are damaged characters, and Dave wants to be a good influence on Aaron. But can their new life together on Elsie Street really work out?
Elsie Street is on preorder right now and will be released on September 5.
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