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Square Affair

Timmothy J Holt

ISBN 10: 0692350640 / ISBN 13: 9780692350645
Published by Christine F.\Anderson#Publishing & Media, 2015
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Title: Square Affair

Publisher: Christine F.\Anderson#Publishing & Media

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First Edition.

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In the small Midwestern town of Dewers, amidst the turmoil of the 1960s, the casual conversations of five men lead to public sex in the courthouse restroom. Their arrest for public indecency takes the town on a journey through good and evil that will alter it, as well as the five men and their families. Through it all the town confirms its perseverance of community and ability to survive. Each man tells his version of the story that starts at Squeaky’s bar with a planned weekend fishing trip. On that weekend the five men discover a shared sexual interest in each other. This newfound release triggers a need for more, leading to anonymous sex in the courthouse restroom. Their private encounters become public knowledge when the sheriff, acting on a tip, observes the behavior. All are arrested and accused of public indecency, a charge that could land them in jail or a psychiatric hospital. It will lead the town out of its ordinary world and through a land of forbidden, deviant sexual behavior. The men reveal complex, unknown, and differing motivations for their behavior. It is not erotic but gives insight into the behavior’s erotic appeal. On the day of the men’s hearing, Clara May, a retired English teacher, and Frieda, a retired principal’s assistant, guide us through the thoughts and actions of the men and their families as they await the outcome. Bob, a law professor, has experimented sexually with other men. Sexual tension in his marriage leads both him and his wife to seek gratification elsewhere. Gary is a transplant from Chicago. He knows he is attracted to men. As an outsider, Gary is mistrusted by the town and blamed for the affair. Thomas, a farmer, experimented sexually in the Navy. His continued desires, deeply held religious beliefs, and controlling parents threaten him and his marriage. He turns to alcohol. James, a car dealer, satisfies his identity crisis with a red sports car and sexual release at out-of-town meetings. His wife suspects but she does not act until her husband’s arrest. Danny’s fundamentalist father forces him to live with his grandfather because of his interest in male muscle magazines. Two questions are on all their minds: Who am I? Is anyone out there like me? After the hearing the men meet at Washington Street Bar, a place where anonymity is respected.Knowing there will be a plea deal and no jail, the men discuss tomorrow’s uncertainty. Returning home from the bar, each man confronts the day’s events with their families. Readers learn, through Clara May and Frieda, that the town questions if it will maintain its natural order of life or enter the stream of a changing world. One thing is certain:Pastor Jones will not cross that threshold of change and tells the town to shun the men and their evil ways. The ordeal brings the men, their families, and Dewers an armor of truth where acceptance can find a home. Not even Pastor Jones’s sword of words will penetrate it. No one remains unchanged. The town finds it has the power to heal, to change, thanks to the power of forgiveness.

About the Author:

I am a retired physician and a writer and have written for numerous medical journals, and co-authored a book on long term care for the Catholic Health Care Association. I write poetry, plays, short stories, and novels. My inspiration comes from life’s events. I especially like to explore the relationship of healing, literature, and spirituality. My work has appeared in A&U, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Grey Sparrow, RiverSedge, Eunoia, Sloth Jockey, and StoryTeller. I have been a contributor to two TallGrass Writer's Guild anthologies, and an anthology on AIDS soon to be out from Black Lawrence Press. As a playwright two of my plays, Teddy’s Nightmare and Aurora Borealis have been produced at the Marigny Theatre in New Orleans. I currently live in Chicago with partner, a cat and a dog. I am active in the local writing scene, the LGBT community, and St. James Episcopal Cathedral.

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