When the wind calls, You know, That somewhere in the mountains, It has found the answers that you were looking for. The pull of the horizon overcomes the inertia of reason... And you just have to go. - Vikram Oberoi
author Laura Lee's novel deals with an intergenerational relationship that is complicated by one man's calling and his new found sexuality.
profound, thought-provoking, emotional, literary and at times philosophical, this book takes a look into how society and structured religion view homosexuality. it also raises questions about how people perceive faith, spirituality, intimacy and love.
to these, the author gives no definite answers nor does she take sides. she simply tells Paul and Ian's story and leaves it to the reader to decide. one thing is sure though. Paul and Ian's relationship will generate a gamut of emotions.
another thing that is striking and which i find beautiful is the author's liberal references to mountains as each chapter unfolds. these structures of earth and stone somehow provide a metaphor for Paul and Ian's experiences - individually and as a couple - in their search for love, meaning and acceptance.
naturalist and author John Muir wrote that the mountains were calling him and he must go to them. Ian heeded the call. Paul felt and heard the same call within his heart and so he went to find his own. when he did, Paul found out that he was finally home.
*Angel is available at Amazon. for more information about Laura Lee and her work, please vist her website and connect with her on Goodreads and Twitter.
my personal rating is:
Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a copy from the author. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.