English corner: "GREEN EYES" by Michael Ampersant
Nothing impossible there, but this is only the beginning of an incredible series of events, some very funny, some very sad.
Readers should expect everything: from dashed hopes in darkrooms to psychotic police officers; from emergency CPR's to encounters with paramedics with mesmerizing green eyes. John is clumsy, a bit unfortunate, totally overwhelmed by the events.
"Some people bring bad weather, I bring the absence of crowds," he says.
First there was a lack of love (and sex) in his life, but then, in the space of one day, there is too much of it: Maurice, Alex, Ben, a black guy, and so forth. "I didn’t have a single soul-mate in years, and now I have two, and one is dying already," he complains.
Bittersweet and crazy is also the Ampersant’s writing: his style is ironic but also raw, vivid, and without hypocrisy.
In the end I had the impression of being inside John's head---living his thoughts/emotions/ wry comments/calamities..
A really well-written novel. I would not want to label it as a "gay novel," tough, it's much more.