"The Summer of My Discontent" is a tapestry of tales delving into life as a gay teen in a small Midwestern town. Dane is a sixteen-year-old runaway determined to start a new life of daring, love, and sex--no matter the cost to himself, or others. His actions bring him to the brink of disaster and only those he sought to prey upon can save him. Among Dane's new found "friends" are a young male prostitute and the local grave robber who becomes his despised employer. The boys of "A Better Place" are back--Ethan, Nathan, Brendan, and Casper are once again dealing with trouble in Verona, Indiana. Drought and circumstance threaten their existence and they struggle together to save themselves from blackmail, financial collapse, and temptation. Brendan must cope with anonymity after being one of the most popular boys in school. Casper must face his own past--the loss of his father and the fate of his abusive brother, who is locked away in the very hospital of horrors from which Brendan escaped. Letters from his brother force Casper to question his feelings--is Jason truly a monster or can he change? Dark, foreboding, and sexy--"The Summer of My Discontent" is the tale of gay teens seeking to find themselves, each other, and a better place.
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Mark A. Roeder is the creator of the Gay Youth Chronicles, a continuing series followed not only by gay youth, but by readers of all ages?gay, bi, and straight. Since the age of fifteen, Roeder has been turning out articles, columns, and novels and for the last several years has dedicated his life to writing heart-warming stories about gay youth. He currently resides in southern Indiana. Information on his current and upcoming books can be found at markroeder.com.
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