Straight Men in Gay Bars

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While seeking a juicier plot for his memoirs, Eric, an amateur philosopher and functioning alcoholic, pursues a liaison with a beautiful co-worker. This doesn’t sit well with his girlfriend, Jung Lee. Unable to decide between the two women, Eric turns to alcohol and attempts to drink away his guilt. Set in the Gay Village of Vancouver, during the turn of the millennium. More

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About Erik D'Souza

Erik D’Souza is a stay at home father, who ignored his kids just long enough to write his first novel. He has penned half a dozen uncompleted manuscripts and hundreds of short stories.
Erik once studied philosophy and poetry, but he switched his major to fashion marketing. His poetry teacher took it very hard, but his philosophy professor was unaware of his existence. Erik hasn’t worn a pair of jeans since he was in high school, because he’s not a cowboy.

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Review by: Bob Leaman on March 2, 2015 :
A good first novel from a bright new writer.

I was often confused when reading this book, because I was constantly asking myself, “is this a true story?” It doesn’t help that the main character is named “Eric D” and the author is “Erik D’Souza”. Other than that it was really enjoyable.

It reminded me of a Nick Hornby or an Irvine Welsh novel. It was sometimes very crude and relaying on toilet humor and in other times very witty. The protagonist is a damaged soul, who seems to have no idea that he is severely messed up. He’s a narcissistic alcoholic who cares very little about the feelings of others. By the end he’s pretty much the same character, if not a worse person. Yet I was able to relate to him. I’ve known people who suffer from addiction and I often saw similarities in their actions.

At times the dialog read more like a screenplay as the characters engage is long discussions, but the conversations were often very funny and at other times more philosophically based. This novel would make a great movie; it would look the Diary of Bridget Jones mixed with Trainspotting.

Overall it’s a really fun novel that I couldn’t put down and then couldn’t stop thinking about it after I was done. I can’t wait to read more from this author.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Review by: MargeN on Feb. 10, 2015 :
The easy flowing writing style made for a fun read. I enjoyed the philosophy and the way in which the protagonist describes his constant pursuit of happiness.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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