A sophisticated and erudite novel, Square Affair is highly recommended for mature readers and documents Timmothy J. Holt as an especially gifted author who has deftly crafted a complex and highly entertaining literary work that is as thoughtful as it is thought provoking.
— Midwest Book Reviews
Sometimes statistics tell a story: between 1.5 and 2.9 million American women have been married to a man who has had sex with another man (Edward Laumann, Ph.D., University of Chicago); in at least 2 million marriages, a spouse has revealed being gay, lesbian or bisexual. (Anne Buxon, founder of Straight Spouses Network).
What is the story behind these statistics? Despite how far society has come in accepting members of the LGBT community, many people are still living in the “closet,” afraid to come out due to family, social or religious expectations. But what happens when their secrets are exposed?
Square Affair gives readers historical insight into the stigma that surrounded being a gay man in the 1960’s and reminds us that the battle for civil rights is far from over. It digs deep, exposing motivation, guilt, human cost and relief caused by homosexual affairs.
- Confronts the issue of gay men in heterosexual marriages
- Explains the fears and motivations behind public sex
- Highlights the challenges faced by homosexuals during the 1960s
- Reminds us homosexuality affects more than the homosexual
About the Author:
Timmothy J. Holt, M.D. is a retired geriatric physician who worked extensively in the development and management of programs for older individuals and those with chronic disease. While living in New Orleans, he was President of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center and the grand marshall for the Gay Easter Parade. His creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in A&U, The Diverse Arts Project, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Grey Sparrow, Reed Magazine, RiverSedge, The Storyteller, and Wild Violet and has been selected for inclusion in anthologies from Black Lawrence Press and TallGrass Writer’s Guild. Holt’s collection of poetry, Dust, is available through Amazon and Kindle.
His poem, Sweep It Under The Rug, won an honorable mention in the 2014 Poem or Page Contest at the Writers’ Institute of the University of Wisconsin in Madison. His collection on poetry on AIDS is a finalist in the Able Muse poetry book award. He is a long survivor of AIDS and lives with his partner and their cat and dog in Chicago, IL.
2015 Rainbow Awards Winner