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All the Better Part of Me
All the Better Part of Me

All the Better Part of Me

FICTION

288 Pages, 5.5 x 8.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $15.99 (CA $20.99) (US $15.99)

Publication Date: September 2019

ISBN 9781771681674

Rights: WOR

Central Avenue Publishing (Sep 2019)

Price: $15.99
 
 

Overview

Against a backdrop of '80s new wave songs and the landscapes of London and Seattle, a young actor in the modern day tackles his bisexuality as he finds himself falling for his best friend

It's an inconvenient time for Sinter Blackwell to realize he's bisexual. He's a twenty-five-year-old American actor working in London, living far away from his disapproving parents in the Pacific Northwest, and enjoying a flirtation with his director Fiona. But he can't deny that his favorite parts of each day are the messages from his gay best friend Andy in Seattle—whom Sinter once kissed when they were fifteen. Finally he decides to return to America to visit Andy and discover what's between them, if anything. He isn't seeking love, and definitely doesn't want drama. But both love and drama seem determined to find him. Family complications soon force him into the most consequential decisions of his life, threatening all his most important relationships: with Andy, Fiona, his parents, and everyone else who's counting on him. Choosing the right role to play has never been harder.

Reviews

"All the Better Part of Me is a standout novel in so many ways—breezy and sensitive as it touches the heart." — Steve Kluger, author of Almost Like Being in Love

"A lovely combination of breezy plot, page-turning prose, and very, very likable characters. This one will definitely please old fans, and I suspect create many new fans too." — Brent Hartinger, author of Geography Club and The Otto Digmore Difference

"A tender and poignant romance, a gorgeous hero, and the perfect balance of humour and realism." — Jamie Deacon, author of Caught Inside

"Ringle navigates her twisty revelations and dramatic conclusion with just enough weight to avoid mawkishness, and her characters earn their happy ending. Readers looking for introspective romances with winding plots will enjoy this heartfelt novel." — Publishers Weekly

"A tender and poignant romance, a gorgeous hero, and the perfect balance of humour and realism." — Jamie Deacon, author of Caught Inside

"Entertaining, nuanced... Ringle navigates her twisty revelations and dramatic conclusion with just enough weight to avoid mawkishness, and her characters earn their happy ending. Readers looking for introspective romances with winding plots will enjoy this heartfelt novel." — Publishers Weekly

"Known for her fantasy romances (e.g., The Goblins of Bellwater), Ringle here switches gears with a realistic story of a young man wrestling with his bisexuality. Twenty-five-year-old actor Sinter Blackwell has always been attracted to women. But lately he can't stop thinking about his gay best friend, Andy, living back home in Seattle and newly returned to the dating market. Even a mutual attraction between Sinter and his female director can't distract him from fantasies about Andy and what would happen if they followed up on that kiss they shared as teens. Though it means giving up a budding acting career in London, Sinter is willing to follow his heart and take a chance on Andy, even though he risks disappointing his conservative family. When the two best friends finally get together, Sinter discovers that his new identity may take more courage than he's comfortable with. This honest coming-of-age romance will resonate with those who are discovering their own sexual identity, while Sinter and Andy's flirtatious, tentative romance should please all lovers of the genre." — Kathryn Howe, Library Journal

Author Biography

Molly Ringle began writing stories as a middle school misfit in the 1980s and has never stopped. When not thinking up innovative romantic obstacles, she tends to be out in the world enjoying gardens, forests, new wave music, chocolate, tea, or perfumes. She has lived in the Pacific Northwest most of her life, aside from grad school in California and a few long visits to the UK. She currently lives in Seattle with her husband, kids, pets, and a lot of moss.