• Title: His Steadfast Love and Other Stories
  • Author: Paul Brownsey
  • ISBN: 9781590214381
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Paperback
  • His Steadfast Love and Other Stories In the world of Paul Brownsey God is a camp old queen trying to split up a gay couple Judy Garland did not die in and instead ended up wowing her fellow residents in a Scottish care home on kara
    In the world of Paul Brownsey, God is a camp old queen trying to split up a gay couple Judy Garland did not die in 1969 and instead ended up wowing her fellow residents in a Scottish care home on karaoke night A fan of musical theatre steals an Irving Berlin lyric as a Valentine s poem and spends decades contriving to hide the theft from his lover After a one night stanIn the world of Paul Brownsey, God is a camp old queen trying to split up a gay couple Judy Garland did not die in 1969 and instead ended up wowing her fellow residents in a Scottish care home on karaoke night A fan of musical theatre steals an Irving Berlin lyric as a Valentine s poem and spends decades contriving to hide the theft from his lover After a one night stand, two men maintain a distant awareness of each other s lives for a quarter of a century and then face the question are we in love A couple find that over the twelve days of Christmas they experience everything that could possibly happen in a love affair, at least as recorded in popular songs from Some Enchanted Evening to For the Good Times A gay couple discover Queen Elizabeth II injured on a hillside near her Balmoral castle and are torn between star struck fawning and lecturing her on gay rights Often playful, Scottish author Paul Brownsey s stories in His Steadfast Love and Other Stories cast an imaginative eye on gay life but, make no mistake, they deal with the life most gay men will recognise, in which meeting lovers and sustaining relationships go alongside the uneasy terrain of acceptance, both internal and external And as a former philosophy professor at Glasgow University, Brownsey knows how our everyday lives embody the big questions, but he shows this with a light touch and dark humour Brownsey s first solo collection showcases his aptitude for clever and evocative language His pieces are droll and imaginative, deepening the narrow theme of long standing gay couples who struggle with cravings for approval and acceptance from themselves, their lovers, and the wider world Publishers Weekly, starred review These sixteen stories explore many areas of Scottish gay life sexual, emotional, cultural, political and religious They are all, without exception, entertaining and exquisitely written, running the whole gamut of emotions from humour through reflective sadness to occasional touches of anger Am Bratach

    One Reply to “His Steadfast Love and Other Stories”

    1. I thought I would do the decent thing and start reviewing at the beginning, but find I'm interested in the title story, His Steadfast Love too much to overlook it as being 98 pages down and waiting. Most of the story plays out like a script with an argument starting from Jamie who tells his partner he has told Robert he's going to his party with him. Alex doesn't feel like going, and Jamie sees it as he is scared of commitment. There is a chance that Jamie might end their relationship, but over [...]

    2. These sixteen short stories work together as a terrific whole, providing a surrealistic mood with vague backgrounds and strange motivations. Its humor, however, is focused, and the interactions between the characters in all the stories have precision and depth. They do not, however, all sound the same. Neither do they sound like the author. Wonderful stories, then, if a bit otherworldly—but what’s wrong with that?

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