Somethin' Else (Paperback)
Vagabondage Press, 9780615572413, 172pp.
Publication Date: February 17, 2012
Set on the cusp of the '60s, when everything seemed gray and staying put felt as scary as getting out, this is Jim's story -- a working-class lad grimly determined to get to university, but dreaming of nights on the town and the promise of rock and roll.
Jim feels trapped in the post-war housing development, the routine of work and school, and with the girlfriend he can't quite manage to fall in love with. Until he meets Edward -- full of passion and possibility -- and in an instant, Jim's world is turned upside down and nothing is the same.
Edward doesn't seem to notice rules or barriers and helps Jim to see the world through fresh eyes. Jim and Edward long for escape, but in the end, escape means different things to each of them and brings with it as many questions as solutions.
Falling in love is a heady experience, but Jim needs to decide what really matters most to him: escape from working class life down the beaten path -- or something else -- something that only Edward can give him despite the consequences.
This poignant historical LGBT debut novel from E.S. Parkinson faces the historical truth unflinchingly, with exquisite attention to period detail and language. Not every love story has a happy ending, but anyone who has ever found love where they should never have been looking will also love "Somethin' Else," by historian E.S. Parkinson.Download a free Kindle version with paperback purchase through KindleMatchbook "Right up my street, this one. An enjoyable read." "A great debut novel, colourful, descriptive, and thought provoking. A pleasure to read."