“At Piper’s Point” by Ethan Day— Coming Home

at piper's point

Day, Ethan. “At Piper’s Point”, Audible narrated by Michael Lesley, Wilde City, 2016.

Coming Home

Amos Lassen

Cassidy Winters has been away from home for ten years and he finally returns to spread his grandmother, Sadie Hart’s ashes even though his father has tried to prevent him from doing so. It was his plan to tell his grandmother goodbye before she leaves this world through a quiet seaside service that falls apart quickly.

Cassidy Winters grew up spending his summers with his grandmother, Sadie. Since he never had a good relationship with his parents, he always looked forward to his summers with her at Pipers Point. When Sadie died, Cassidy was left with her home and finds himself back a Pipers Point and taking care of Sadie’s things and to find some closure for himself. Nate, Cassidy’s first love and childhood friend ends up living in Sadie’s house with Cassidy. Cassidy’s two best friends, Ollie and Spencer, his ex-boyfriend, Teddy, and Neil and Nate’s ex-boyfriend, Ben, come there as well. Suddenly we have seven gay men under one roof and what follows is nothing short of chaos. There is also a lot of sex and sexual tension.

Cassidy narrates the adventures of that summer. Nate had actually grown up there with Cassidy and since Cassidy only planned to come for the service, he invites Nate to continue living there once he leaves after the summer is over. We hear a lot about Sadie and about the seven guys who are now populating the house. Since Cassidy slept with most of them, we have some interesting and fun stories.

Ethan Day gives us a real potpourri of characters, each with his own personality. As Cassidy tells us about them, we see how each relates to him. I found it great fun while all seven were together and having fun just being with each other. All of the characters had clearly written personalities and all of them engage with a different aspect of Cassidy’s personality. In flashbacks, we hear about Cassidy’s summers with his grandmother to the summers Cassidy spent with his grandmother and how much she influenced his life. Day wrote about with sensitivity and tenderness and Sadie actually becomes a character in the story even though she is dead when the story begins. There is one other character who says nothing—the reader (or in this case, the listener) who is so into the story that he feels as if he is a part of it.

What I would have liked was to learn more about the relationship between Cassidy and Nate. They had been very close as teens and now that Cassidy has returned and they met by accident, we don’t really learn what they feel for each other aside from friendship but then again that could have been the author’s intention. I just feel that this needed a bit more explanation.

I originally read this in published form but now listening to it gives the story a whole new dimension.

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