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"Almost Paradise"  
By Pat Gavin

A review by Mountman/Joe Wright 

     If you like a Gay Romance/Fantasy story than ‘Almost Paradise is for you. It is a later in life coming out story, an encapsulated Gay history lesson, and a Gay Love Story, all rolled into one.      
     It’s the story of Peter Grant, an accomplished Photographer and Writer and his college roommate, and lifelong friend, Craig Walters, who has worked for an airline most of his life. They have either lived together or at least close to each other since college.

     Now in their late 30’s or early forties, Craig is an out gay man. While Peter, on the other hand, has lived almost his entire life in the closet. And boy, does he come out with a bang!
Peter comes up with a plan to have Gays move to Hawaii, little by little. He does this due to the recently proposed legislature there, that, if it had passed would have given same-sex couples all the state rights granted to heterosexual couples, including Marriage. I don’t want to give much of the story line because it will ruin the surprises in store for you. There is an interesting twist concerning Peter and a protesting preacher at a Gay Pride festival.
It reminds me of what is happening in the country today in several ways, The Full Faith and Credit Clause of Article IV of the U.S. Constitution, being one of them.
There was one passage that I have to say marred the enjoyment for me. “Stereotypes die hard, and unfortunately there are a great number of lesbians who fit the stereotype, just like there are men who are drag queens and/or effeminate, and they keep that stereotype alive…”
It reminded me of the attitudes of the Upsons in “Mame”. “Those kind of people.” What is so unfortunate about the many Gays and Lesbians that do fit the “stereotypes”. They are just as much a part of our community as the ones that don’t. If it wasn’t for them standing up for all of us, the Stonewall Riots wouldn’t have taken place. As a long-standing member of StoneWall Society, I take the pledge to heart. The above passage is an example of separatism and discrimination so deeply instilled in our society. 
Even so, I did get passed the passage. It was never mentioned again, or anything like it. By the time I finished the book I wanted to know if there is going to be a continuance of the story. I hope so. I recommend this book to my readers.

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