Common Sons When best friends Tom Allen and Joel Reece attend a country western dance to celebrate the beginning of the summer vacation heavy drinking with their high school friends and a drunken kiss between th

  • Title: Common Sons
  • Author: Ronald L. Donaghe
  • ISBN: 9780934411219
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When best friends Tom Allen and Joel Reece attend a country western dance to celebrate the beginning of the summer vacation, heavy drinking with their high school friends and a drunken kiss between the two boys causes all hell to break loose Later, when their kiss turns into much much that same night, Tom and Joel are set on different paths, attempting to understandWhen best friends Tom Allen and Joel Reece attend a country western dance to celebrate the beginning of the summer vacation, heavy drinking with their high school friends and a drunken kiss between the two boys causes all hell to break loose Later, when their kiss turns into much much that same night, Tom and Joel are set on different paths, attempting to understand what the new turn in their friendship means A preacher s son, Tom Allen turns inward with guilt and shame but Joel Reece, confident of his own feelings and brought up to believe in himself, tries to win Tom s love Whether the two friends succeed in resolving their differences is made much difficult by all those who witnessed their drunken kiss at the dance and who now suspect them both of being queer.The time is 1965 and the setting is in southwestern New Mexico, in the small farming town of Common Reading some novels is like meeting somebody at a cocktail party, enjoying the chat and never seeing them again Other novels become like friends whose company is enjoyed over and over Such a book, for me, is Common Sons Patricia Nell Warren, author of The Front Runner and The Wild Man

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    1. For a book published in 1989 and set in the 1960s, Common Sons was an amazing gay coming out and coming of age love story. Though I'm not familiar with that particular setting, a small New Mexico town, I could definitely relate to the religious dogma that was depicted in the story. The two main characters are Joel, the son of a successful farmer, and Tom, the son of a fundamentalist minister. In many ways the boys are opposites, yet they become best friends. The friends-to-lovers evolution of th [...]

    2. Common Sons is the first book in the Common Threads series about the same couple with a vast array of supporting characters that feature in their life. This story introduces Joel and Tom as their close friendship turns into a relationship, complete with a number of problems ranging from their young age, conservative community, parental disapproval, to violence and its aftermath. Although decently written, the book drags in some spots and coasts easily over others which gives a final uneven pace [...]

    3. This has to be one of favorite books,this comes in a series called Common Threads in the Life by the wonderful author Ronald Donaghe.I remember going into A Different Light Book Store (a moment of silence for that wonderful store that is now just a memory) and asking the clerk could he recommend a good novel.He pointed to the shelf to several books in a series by Mr.Donaghe.He told me be ready to stay up late because you'll love these books and this series.He was right and I thanked him the next [...]

    4. Ronald Donaghe's novels detail the lives of gay men who live, love, and learn as they come of age in rural New Mexico. "Common Sons," Donaghe's inaugural novel, deals with the son of a successful rancher who falls in love with the son of the town's evangelical preacher. Starting out as friends, their relationship soon turns romantic leading to a series of events set in motion by the novel's antagonist. However, the determination to live as the men they were born to be, the two build a life toget [...]

    5. The Year is 1965, the location a small town in New Mexico; Joel is seventeen years old and living on his families farm, Tom is a little older, the son of the local church minister; they have been best friends almost since Tom arrived in town about a year ago. But when, sitting around a crowded table of school friends at a local dance, Tom drunkenly kisses Joel (and later consummates his professed love), it unleashes a chain reaction of troubles.Initially Tom, troubled by his Bible trained consci [...]

    6. I finished Common Sons by Ronald L. Donaghe, and, in terms of gay literature available to chain bookstores, I was overall pleased by the story and the characters.The two boys fumbling with their sexuality, Joel and Tom, carried the story with their personalities, at least for half the book. The last half was not as great. The main points of conflict were resolved far too quickly, Joel and Tom fell into a stereotypical lovey-dovey ditch that the author wasn't even concerned with getting them out [...]

    7. After I bought this novel, I resisted reading it for weeks because of the torrent of bigotry and turmoil I knew would rain down from the initial drunken or half-drunken faux pas, in which two male teens kiss at a dance. But what I didn't anticipate was the grace, the saving grace of their love and the strength of their bond, or how transforming and infectious that human bond would shimmer and eventually glow through Joel and Tom. Love conquers Hate, even when that Love is the one that dare not s [...]

    8. The first few chapters were a bit off-putting for me as you really don't get to see the two main characters together much. But they do provide the backdrop and family backgrounds for the story. Anyway, after that, the two are always together, and it strikes me as admirable how they really face their problems together. What's better about this book is that it's only not about romance; it's also about U.S. small town lives in the 60s and values people had back then. Now, 50 years later, those valu [...]

    9. Very enjoyable. The characters were well drawn, the plot made it hard to put the book down, the prose was excellent (although my copy did have a few editing mistakes). The only complaint I have is that the time period wasn't very well represented. The '60s had a lot of turmoil and it all seemed to pass this little town by. Also I'm not sure what the point of having the Reece's adopt these four kids was-- seems the author likes kidfic?

    10. High school friends Tom and Joel fall in love--but small New Mexico towns in the 1960s are hardly tolerant; plus Tom's position as the pastor's son makes their new relationship even more fraught. A good read.

    11. ' Tom laughed. "You shickle the tit out of me sometimes." 'Funny how a book can sit on a shelf for years, and suddenly one day be screaming for attention. A most excellent read!

    12. A very easy read geared I believe towards a young audience. Two high school boys in rural New Mexico in the early 1960's come to terms with their burgeoning sexuality.

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