Square Affair by Timmothy J. Holt – Guest Blog

4_22 timmporchLong and Short Reviews welcomes Timmothy J. Holt, whose latest book Square Affair was released earlier this year.  Please see our review here.

Guest Blog

Ann Buxton, founder of Straight Spouse Network, has estimated that in at least two million marriages, a spouse has revealed being gay, lesbian, or bisexual. I am one of those men.

Growing up in a small Midwestern town during the 60’s, I was expected to marry and have children, even though I knew, deep down, it wasn’t for me. I knew about the affair in the courthouse and secretly longed to have known the men. I didn’t find gay sex in the courthouse, but found it in many places after my marriage and move to Chicago. I found it in store restrooms, movie houses, peep shows, steam rooms, and forest preserves looking for anonymous sex with other men. The police never caught me, but my wife did. My subsequent divorce outed me to my family and to the world. The story of Square Affair became my story, a complex tale of social norms that didn’t match my biological need. I loved and still love my ex-wife, but it was not fair to continue the betrayal, no matter how hard it was to face the truth. My world needed to eliminate the lies, no matter how painful, just as did the city of Dewers.

4_22 SquareAffair_Cover ImageIn the small Midwestern town of Dewers, among the turmoil of the 1960s, the conversations of five men leads to sexual exploration, which takes them and the town on a journey through good and evil that will change the entire community and confirm the town’s resolve to survive.

Arrested on charges of public indecency for anonymous sex in the courthouse restroom, five men reveal complex, unknown, and differing motivations for their actions. As they face not only criminal prosecution, but also the tribunal of Dewers, two questions are on their minds: Who am I, and is anyone out there like me?

Clara May and Frieda, guardians of Dewers gossip, narrate Square Affair, where the reader becomes a citizen of Dewers: walking the square, in a bar drinking, trick-or-treating, in a store buying a hat, or in a car gossiping. It is not erotic, but gives the reader an insight into the behavior’s erotic appeal.

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