Reviewer: Timothy M.
One day, being a gay man in the closet will hopefully be a thing of the past, and love will be accepted as a gift to be cherished no matter who you’re attracted to. In the same way, being gay won’t be detrimental to your career, or mar your relationship with family and friends. That day, stories like About Carl will become historical fiction; there to remind us of the anguish and struggle in store for the main character Mark when he falls for Carl, a man not only in the closet but also in denial – most of the time. The story takes you on the sad, but also beautiful and believable journey through Mark’s life to a future where we hope he’ll finally find happiness, with or without Carl.
We hugged each other in the dark, tossed the empty wine bottle into the lake, and wandered back to my place in silence through the darkened streets.
I made up the bed on the foldout sofa for him, and said goodnight. Before I left him, he took my hand in his, and said, “I know this is going to change our relationship, but I need you, and I don’t want us to drift apart.”