A Queer Read About Tap Dancing, Grief, and Hope
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A Queer Read About Tap Dancing, Grief, and Hope

This queer love story takes many dramatic turns.

A Queer Read About Tap Dancing, Grief, and Hope

A Queer Read About Tap Dancing, Grief, and Hope

A Queer Read About Tap Dancing, Grief, and Hope

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A genuine treat for tap dancing aficionados, this week’s book isn’t a typical love story. The narrative begins in an in-between period where the main character, Sebastian, is still mourning the loss of his husband. It delves into the disheveled and chaotic toll that grief can cause on the human spirit, which many people who have dealt with loss may recognize. So which book am I talking about?


The Truth About Goodbye, by Russell Ricard, is a slow-burning novel about self-discovery and emotional repair. Told from the point of view of Sebastian one year after the death of his husband, the novel is full of his neurosis, paranoia, and histrionics. A 40-year-old chorus boy, he lashes out at a world that appears to be cutting him down at every turn. All these roiling emotions come to a head when he meets Reid, a handsome man intent on wooing him. But is Sebastian ready for love or will this be a betrayal of his dead husband? And will he ever get rid of his creative block and finally follow his dream of becoming a choreographer?

This book wrestles with ideas of fidelity, the supernatural, ageism, depression, and much more. If you’re looking for steamy sex scenes or a stereotypical romance formula, this is not the book for you. But if you want to follow a character through an emotional journey of enlightenment, you might enjoy this book quite a bit.

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Rating: 4.6 out of 5

P.S.: Prefer a queer read with women instead of men? Then you should check out this review.

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