New York author Suanne Laqueur makes her debut with an astonishing novel, The Man I Love: a young man’s emotional journey to reclaim relationships destroyed in the wake of a college shooting incident.
The Man I Love explores themes of love and sexuality, trauma—physical and mental—and its long-lasting effects, the burden of unfinished business and the power of reconciliation. Through Erik’s experience we reflect on what it means to be a man, a son and a leader. A soul mate, a partner and a lover. What it means to live the truth of who you are and what you feel. What it means to fight for what you love.
Erik Fiskare once had the bravery to make a gunman stand down. But now he lacks the courage to confront his own past.
As a college freshman, is drawn to the world of theater but prefers backstage to center stage. The moment he lays eyes on a beautiful, accomplished dancer named Daisy Bianco, his atoms rearrange themselves and he is drawn into a romance both youthfully passionate and maturely soulful. It is a love story seemingly without end. But when a disturbed friend brings a gun into the theater, the story is forever changed. Six lives are lost and Daisy is left seriously injured, her professional dreams shattered.
Traumatized by the experience, the lovers spiral into depression and drug use until a shocking act of betrayal destroys their relationship. To survive, Erik must leave school and disconnect from all he loves. He buries his heartbreak and puts the past behind. Or so he believes.
As he moves into adulthood, Erik comes to grips with his role in the shooting, and slowly heals the most wounded parts of his soul. But the unresolved grief for Daisy continues to shape his dreams at night. Once those dreams were haunted by blood and gunfire. Now they are haunted by the refrain of a Gershwin song and a single question: is leaving always the end of loving?
“A gorgeous, riveting novel with a cast of complex and memorable characters. It seduces the reader with its engaging storyline and depth of emotion, and resonates long after the last page is turned.”
—Ellen Harger, author of Strong Enough and The Anonymous Blog of Mrs. Jones
It’s very rare for me to read a debut novel that has that WOW factor. You know the one….the one you become completely engrossed in. The one where you really connect with the characters and feel what they are feeling. The one that causes you to have a vortex of emotions while reading – happiness, sadness, anger and major frustration - then back to happiness again. But in this case with The Man I Love, I have been 100% WOWED! It has been quite a while that a novel completely remained in my thoughts even when I had to step away for a bit. The characters are real people with real problems and real challenges and I found myself relating to them immediately.
Ms. Laqueur definitely has the magical touch when it comes to writing and her words come to life within the pages of this amazing book. This well written novel is a must read that I would recommend to just about anyone who wants to immerse themselves in a truly beautiful story of two people who fate has destined to be together only to face the challenges life throws at them. Well done Ms. Laqueur…..well done!
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
About the Author
Suanne Laqueur graduated from Alfred University with a double major in dance and theater. She taught at SUNY Fredonia, then at the Carol Bierman School of Ballet Arts in Croton-on-Hudson for ten years.
An avid reader, cook and gardener, she has been blogging at www.eatsreadsthinks since 2010. Suanne lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two children. The Man I Love is her first novel.