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Conquering Venus

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ISBN13: 9781935407294
ISBN10: 1935407295
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In the summer of 1995, young American writer Martin Paige agrees to chaperone a group of high school seniors on their graduation trip to Paris as a favor to his best friend, teacher Diane Jacobs. Diane hopes Europe will act as a catalyst to lift Martin from his grief following the suicide of his lover, Peter. But the trip proves to be more than either of them bargained for. Martin finds himself falling in love with one of her students, David McLaren, who is unprepared to cope with his burgeoning sexuality. He also meets a mysterious Parisian woman, Irne Laureaux, who is debilitated by agoraphobia and spends her days spying on the hotel guests across from her apartment. Martin and Irne discover they have a logic-defying connection: a small tribal tattoo on their left hands that means equal but opposite. This is same tattoo that Martin's lover and Irne's husband had inked into their skin. All the characters lives are irrevocably changed in a horrifying terrorist attack on a Paris metro station. Liberated by the blast, forced from her own self-imprisonment, Irne learns her husband's death was not an accident, and dares Martin to acknowledge the role he played in Peter's suicide. Diane, harboring her own secrets and a hidden agenda, takes a drastic step to force David out of the closet and admit his feelings for Martin. From America to England to France, the globe-hopping story places fictional characters amidst historical events such as the Nazi occupation of Paris, the student/worker riots of 1968 and the terrorist bombings of Paris in 1995. Grounded in reality, Conquering Venus is a mystery, a love story and a journey of self-realization.

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song4568, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by song4568)
Makes me want to find myself in Paris for my birthday in April...
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dove672, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by dove672)
Already the best poet I've read, Collin Kelley published his first novel this year, and it is one of my favorites ever. The story of Martin, Irene, David, and Diane is touching, funny, heartbreaking, fascinating, and it captivated me from the first page. The first of a trilogy, it is a showcase for the brilliance of Collin's writing, a story told with the same elegance, power, and honesty as in his poetry. It plays over and over in my mind as the film I most wish would be made. I cannot wait to return to Collin's Paris and spend more time with David and Irene. This is my most highly recommended book.
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Vanilla Heart Publishing
Kelley, Collin
Mystery & Detective - General
Romance - Contemporary
Gay and Lesbian-Gay Fiction
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5.98x9.01x.58 in. .85 lbs.

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