Title: Lonesome Town by Tom Mendicino
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary, Literary Fiction, M/M
Length: 98 pages
Charlie Beresford and Kevin “KC” Conroy came of age in Tom Mendicino’s KC, At Bat and Travelin’ Man. Now they’re struggling with the realities of adulthood, in this powerfully honest story of unlikely friendship and enduring love.
At twenty-two, Charlie Beresford has a Dartmouth degree, an entry-level radio job, and a hunch that he’s already made one of the biggest mistakes of his life. It’s no wonder his old high-school crush, KC Conroy, is wary when they encounter each other again. Five years ago, Charlie callously discarded him after they shared an intense adolescent affair.
This KC is wiser and more worldly than the aspiring baseball star Charlie used to idolize. Back then, fame and success seemed a given. Now KC is chasing his last chance to make it as a pro, playing with an independent minor league team. But Charlie has changed too. Time and distance have taught him what’s worth fighting for, even when the odds are long—and that the only thing worse than striking out might be never taking a chance at all.
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Praise for Probation
“Thoughtful, textured and poignant…an exciting impressive debut.” —Time Out NY
“A smart, engaging, witty, sad and unusual book about the complicated nature of family and love.” —Bart Yates
“A potent debut.” —Publishers Weekly
“Achingly honest.” Vestal McIntryre, author of Lake Overturn
Tom Mendicino is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Carolina School of Law. His debut novel Probation (Kensington) was named a 2011 American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book and was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. His novella Away in a Manger appeared in the Kensington collection Remembering Christmas and his short fiction has been published in numerous anthologies. He is also the author of the new adult novellas KC, at Bat, Travelin’ Man, and Lonesome Town (eKensington), a trilogy following the relationship between a promising baseball player and a would-be musician. His second novel The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter (Kensington) is about the powerful bond between a pair of motherless boys, the sons of an abusive immigrant from Italy, and the choices each makes to protect the other.
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