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Charles is 14, and after being discovered with his first love he is forced into a mental hospital to cure his sexuality . For the next ten years he endures mental and physical torture as part of that treatment and when he is finally free, he begins a relentless quest for vengeance against the woman who abetted his commitment, his mother Charlotte.
The Value of Rain chronicles Charles’ journey from hate to the unexpected beginning of redemption, and reveals the destructive nature of families, secrets and revenge.
Proceeds from this book are donated to LGBT Youth Charities.
Holy Mother of all things sacred, Brandon Shire is trying to kill me. The Value of Rain is a gut wrenching story unlike any I’ve read before and I don’t have the words to explain how remarkable this is; but I’ll try.
This is the story of Charles and his struggle to live with the consequences of his mother’s hatred. It’s also about revenge and a life fueled by contempt. It’simple and complex at the same. There’s love, and a snippet of romance but it’s by no means a romance novel. This is about Charles’ life; about what happens to him once his mother sends him to a psychiatric facility at the age of 14 for being caught with his best friend Robert.
The story pivots back and forth in time to show us years of abuse. There’s also generations of bitterness entwined in a web of hate. There’s bitterness and anger here; soul deep hatred that oozes out of characters who cast vengeance and pain on everyone around them.
If you want to read something that’s out of the usual m/m box, try this. If you want to read masterful writing, read this. Just like Shire’s Listening to Dust, I urge anyone thinking of reading this to take their time with it. It’s a heavy read that needs to be read with patience and reflection.
Title: The Value of Rain
Author: Brandon Shire
Publisher: TPG Books
Release Date: July 23rd 2011
Purchase Links: Amazon