Barry Brennessel’s novels Tinseltown and The Celestial were Lambda Literary Award finalists. The Celestial won the Gold Medal in the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards. Several of his screenplays have been finalists and prize winners in various competitions, including Scriptapalooza, The Great Gay Screenplay Contest, the Rhode Island International Film Festival Competition (Flickers), The Chicago Screenplay Competition, and the Writers’ Digest annual.
When his father leaves Thai Nguyen City for the far reaches of French Indochina, Bui Van Minh shoulders new responsibilities to help keep the family afloat. A chance meeting with a captivating youth, Ngo Cong Thao, throws Minh’s life further off-kilter in a most exciting and confounding way. But the struggles under French colonial rule and the Great War alter their lives to an unimaginable degree.
Seventeen stories, thirteen authors, a second war. Once again Manifold Press's writers explore the lives of LGBTQ+ people and their war-time experience in cities, towns and countryside across the world. Amidst war and peace, in the thick of violence or in an unexpected lull, these stories of the Second World War take the reader far and wide, from loss and parting to love and homecoming.
A London pub, an English village, a shell-hole on the Front, the outskirts of Thai Nguyen city, a ship in heavy weather off Zeebrugge, a civilian internment camp … Unspoken loves and griefs, unexpected freedoms, the tensions between individuality and duty, and every now and then the relief of recognition. You’ll find both heartaches and joys in this astonishing range of thought-provoking stories.