I felt the need to start off this column with what is perhaps my favorite book of all time. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve read it or how many people I’ve passed it along to. I know I’ve purchased it at least four times because the loaned-out copies don’t always make it back to me. 🙂
Almost Like Being in Love
By Steve Kluger
An all-consuming love discovered at 18 shapes the young lives of Travis and Craig. Though head-over-heels for each other at the end of their senior year and the summer that follows, college takes them to opposite coast, Travis to USC and Craig to Harvard, 2,988.2 miles, zip code to zip code. They attempt to stay in contact, but drift apart as their lives go in different directions.
Fast forward 20 years, Travis understands the reason for his string of bad relationships: Craig still has his heart. Travis sets off on a cross-country adventure to find the guy who swept him off his feet all those years ago. Meanwhile, Craig’s life is upended by an offer to run for state senate, an offer likely to send his boyfriend, Clayton, over the edge.
Told in an epistolary style through journal entries, emails, and memos, the story evokes every possible emotion, at times laugh-out-loud funny followed by heart-wrenching sadness. Throughout, you’ll be pulling for the two heroes to reunite.
Other notable works by Kluger: Last Days of Summer (soon headed to the Broadway stage – I can’t wait!) and My Most Excellent Year.
You can get it on Amazon in paper or ebook form: