SOURCE: A GoodReads Win.
Mr Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo is a tragi-comic tale of homosexual love set in contemporary London.
Barrington Jedidiah Walker is seventy-four and leads a double life. Born and bred in Antigua, he's lived in Hackney since the sixties. A flamboyant, wise-cracking local character with a dapper taste in retro suits and a fondness for quoting Shakespeare, Barrington is a husband, father and grandfather - but he is also secretly homosexual, lovers with his great childhood friend, Morris.
His deeply religious and disappointed wife, Carmel, thinks he sleeps with other women. When their marriage goes into meltdown, Barrington wants to divorce Carmel and live with Morris, but after a lifetime of fear and deception, will he manage to break away?
Mr Loverman is a ground-breaking exploration of Britain's older Caribbean community, which explodes cultural myths and fallacies and shows the extent of what can happen when people fear the consequences of being true to themselves.
..... Amazon image (the copy I received did not bear this cover) and product description.
FIRST SENTENCE: An ARC copy, MR Loverman will be available August 29th, I was requested not to add any quotes. PW
MEMORABLE MOMENT: As above.
MY THOUGHTS: A poignant, bitter sweet read. A love story with a difference. A book that pulls no punches with regard to certain issues - homophobia, immigrant communities, domestic unrest and casual racism to name but a few - all done in a way that is humorous whilst providing some serious food for thought.
Not just a story about two elderly men who have been secretly in love since boyhood, Mr Loverman also explores family and community relationships and, personally not something I'm interested in, is largely without any physical sex scenes. The author choosing to chiefly concentrate on the emotional connection.
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