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About Victor Yates' Lambda award winning book - A Love Like Blood

Love Like Blood Wins Lambda

By Kevin Robertson - Hillmont Press

Greetings QueerLife:

About Victor Yates' Lambda award winning book - A Love Like BloodVictor Yates’ novel, A Love Like Blood won LGBT Debut Fiction at the 2016 Lambda Literary Awards on June 6th. The book examines the father-son relationship through a young, Cuban-Somali photographer, who endures physical and verbal abuse to receive his father’s love.

Book Summary:
Half Somali and Cuban, 17-year old Carsten Tynes, deals with the intricacies of sexuality, race, Americanism, syncretism, and migration under his dying father's abusive hand in A Love Like Blood. Set in 1998, his family relocates to Beverly Hills, MI to expand their photography business. His father has lung disease and promises to give him the business if he marries his ex-girlfriend. Faced with an unwanted marriage and the slow death of his father, Carsten retreats behind his camera. His camera becomes the loose thread that slowly unravels his relationship with his father and reveals the unseen world of "men who move at night." However, it is his infatuation with his neighbor, Brett that severs the symbolic umbilical cord between his father and him. When death pushes his father and Brett together, he makes a dangerous decision to protect them.

What other say:
Bibiana Krall, author of Carolina Spirit said about the book, "This work surprises in its depth. Lyrical, haunting, it takes you on a journey about personal bravery, family values and what someone must go through to get what they need in their own existence. There is nothing average or easy about this text. I appreciate that to the highest degree. The writer's poetry background is clear and evident throughout. If you are looking for a toss away story, this is not it. If you want a book to consider- with weight and meaning. You have arrived."

Larry Benjamin, author of Unbroken said, "It can be a hard book to read; brutal and to the point, it underscores the horrors, both petty and damaging, rained down upon our gay youth, often by the very people who are supposed to love and protect them. Half Cuban and half Somali, protagonist Carsten Tynes’ experience is singular and brings that horror to light."

More about Victor Yates:
In 2012, Yates had two poems published in the anthology, For Colored Boys, which won the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award-Israel Fishman Non-Fiction in 2013. He is the receipt of an Ahmanson Foundation Grant, the Elma Stuckey Writing Award (1st place in poetry), and an Oprah Scholarship. He appeared on Oprah’s Surprise Spectacular show. Also, he read in the prestigious ALOUD reading series at the Downtown Los Angeles Public Library. He has read at the West Hollywood Book Fair, the West Hollywood Library, the Playa Vista Library, The Last Bookstore, One City, One Pride Art Festival, and the Ben Maltz Gallery. Yates lives in Los Angeles.

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