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Steve Kluger shook hands with Lucille Ball when he was 12. He's since lived a few more decades, but nothing much registered after that.

Kluger is a novelist and playwright who grew up during the Sixties with only two heroes: Tom Seaver and Ethel Merman. Few were able to grasp the concept. A veteran of Casablanca and a graduate of The Graduate, he has written extensively on subjects as far-ranging as World War II, rock and roll, and the Titanic, and as close to the heart as baseball and the Boston Red Sox (which frequently have nothing to do with one another). Doubtless due to the fact that he's a card-carrying Baby Boomer whose entire existence was shaped by the lyrics to Abbey Road, Workingman's Dead, and Annie Get Your Gun (his first spoken words, in fact, were actually stolen from The Pajama Game), he's also forged a somewhat singular path as a civil rights advocate, campaigning for a "Save Fenway Park" initiative (which qualifies as a civil right if you're a Red Sox fan), counseling gay teenagers, and—on behalf of Japanese American internment redress—lobbying the Department of the Interior to restore the baseball diamond at the Manzanar National Historic Site. Meanwhile, he's donated half of his spare time to organizations such as Lambda Legal, GLSEN, and Models of Pride, and gives the rest of it to his nephews and nieces: Emily, Noah, Bridgette, Audrey, Elisa, Paloma, Logan, Evan, and Robbie—the nine kids who own his heart.

He lives in Boston, Massachusetts—the only city in the world.

Source: http://www.stevekluger.com/
That said, I love Steve Kluger’s books. “Almost Like Being In Love” is such a great, positive, tremendously fun read. So is “My Most Excellent Year”. I love both those books very, very much. --Z.A. Maxfield
Almost Like Being in Love is a laugh-out-loud, flash back, flash foreword, love story. This is a heartwarming, feel-good book about love surviving against all odds. Told in a series of narrative, checklists, journal entries, emails and letters, Kluger nonetheless brings his characters to amazing Technicolor life. This wild cross-country adventure will certainly have you believing in the power of love -and laughter. --Rob Rosen
Almost Like Falling In Love is my favorite gay romance novel ever: funny, touching, real, with characters that jump off the page. Kluger's epistolary style doesn't work as well here as in his more acclaimed “Last Days of Summer,” but it works well enough to bury you in the story of Travis, now a college professor, as he tries to recapture the love of his life, a jock named Craig with whom he'd spent a magical summer back in high school. The question is, does Craig even remember him? --Kyell Gold
Further Readings:

Almost Like Being in Love: A Novel by Steve Kluger
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (May 11, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0060595833
ASIN: B0007XWN96
Amazon: Almost Like Being in Love: A Novel
Amazon Kindle: Almost Like Being in Love: A Novel

A high school jock and nerd fall in love senior year, only to part after an amazing summer of discovery to attend their respective colleges. They keep in touch at first, but then slowly drift apart.

Flash forward twenty years.

Travis and Craig both have great lives, careers, and loves. But something is missing .... Travis is the first to figure it out. He's still in love with Craig, and come what may, he's going after the boy who captured his heart, even if it means forsaking his job, making a fool of himself, and entering the great unknown. Told in narrative, letters, checklists, and more, this is the must-read novel for anyone who's wondered what ever happened to that first great love.

More Spotlights at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Lists/Gay Novels

Date: 2008-07-12 12:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snowmore.livejournal.com
I read this novel many months ago. It's a very good read!

Date: 2008-07-12 01:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elisa-rolle.livejournal.com
pssss you are my HEA finder... and so, what's about this one? :-) Elisa (who is a always for an HEA...)

Date: 2008-07-15 10:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snowmore.livejournal.com
*hangs head*

I can't remember if it had an HEA! The book is around here somewhere. I'll try to find it and let you know. So sorry I've forgotten how it ended!!

Date: 2008-07-15 10:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elisa-rolle.livejournal.com
This is not a good sign! :-) Means that maybe the ending is not satisfying... Elisa

Date: 2008-07-15 10:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snowmore.livejournal.com
This is not a good sign!

No. Not at all. It means my CRS (Can't Remember Shit) is forcing me to forget the ending. It also means I read too fast, and move on to a new novel without really taking in what I've just read. I'll try to find it and review the last few chapters and let you know. :)

Date: 2008-07-15 10:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elisa-rolle.livejournal.com
Thanks! Elisa

Condor One Review

Date: 2008-07-13 09:01 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Just wanted to thank you for the fine review you gave of my second novel, "Condor One," I appreciate it. You seemed to enjoy it and I am thankful for that as I hate to see people buy something they end up hating. Again, thanks Elisa!

John
johnsimpsonbooks.com

Re: Condor One Review

Date: 2008-07-13 09:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elisa-rolle.livejournal.com
you are welcome John, and I think it will be not the last book by you that I will read. Elisa

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