“Between the Lines” by BJ Sheppard— Staying Open

between the lines

Sheppard, B J. “Between the Lines”, Wilde City Press, 2015.

Staying Open

Amos Lassen

For those who live in Boston, this story may sound a bit familiar—the story of an LGBT bookstore that is fighting to stay open. This is happening right now to our beloved Calamus Bookstore that is fighting to stay alive after having been such an important part of our history for so long.

Thomas Haskell’s bookstore in an alley in Boston is being threatened with closure. Haskell tries whatever he can to keep it open and as come up with a plan— a book group. He invites people to join him to appreciate LGBT literature.  What started out as a way to save his falling sales. Surprisingly, this idea not only saves the store but also introduces Haskell to someone who will change his life through love.

I have always felt that bonds can be created through a love of books and those of you who know me also know that books are my life and my most cherished possessions. I do not want to say too much about the plot because I don’t want to spoil the read for anyone but I will say that the language here is beautiful and the story is compelling. We see how we can save each other with just a touch of compassion and understanding and in saving Haskell, saving his bookstore is just as important. Author BJ. Sheppard combines wit, reality and a wonderful plot to make this an excellent read that you do not want to miss.

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