Flashback 1990’s – Rollerblades, bungee jumping, the laptop, cellular phones the size of bricks, and AIDS – the gay men’s cancer. This is a story about love, friendship, and family. It is a story about growing up, about trying to change the past and the realization that no matter how fast, or how far we run, that The Ties That Bind us as children, many times come back to haunt us as adults.
We become part of the life of a young counselor, Morgan, who specializes working with homeless, male hustlers. He seems like an angel from heaven to many. He cares deeply for every one of his boys and would literally die to save them from harm. He deprives himself of life’s basic needs in order to reach just one more, but why? Morgan has his own agenda to work out, his own demons to exorcise. While avoiding his own past, he meets a particular young man, Greg, who is able to see through this well-crafted, public image. Greg sees Morgan’s pain and denial. It is in this discovery, this role reversal that Greg, a life-long hustler begins to heal himself. He helps Morgan come to terms with his own violent past. Greg becomes his strength, the knife to cut the rope and release the guilt Morgan has denied for years. Just as they both begin to heal, Greg discovers the truth.
The Ties That Bind can sometimes be very restricting but many times we find that The Ties That Bind can also provide our strength. The Ties That Bind are necessary for the sustenance of life.
A short while ago I read and reviewed an incredible book called Resurrection written by the superb author S. Davidson; Resurrection is a gritty, brazen and poignant story that explores love as well as PTSD in the most incredible and honest of ways. The story delighted me from the start, and I adored every moment so upon finishing it I was desperate to get my hands on another book from the author and that is why I read The Ties That Bind. The Ties That Bind is the book I am reviewing today and wow, what a sensational but gut-wrenching story, it is utterly moving and incredible, and I respect the author so much for writing it.
The Ties That Bind is a poignant and moving book that follows the protagonist of the novel called Morgan, who is a counselor who works with ‘homeless male hustlers.’ Morgan is an enigmatic character, and he is carrying a secret but nobody is able to see through him but one day, he meets Greg and when he does both Greg will see into him, and his and Morgan’s life will change forever. The reader will follow Morgan and Greg and a few other core characters through themes of aids, prostitution, abuse, sex and many more topics and the result is a genuinely moving, poignant tale that will captivate readers from the first page.
The story of The Ties That Mind is not one for the faint-hearted thanks to its poignant, sometimes harrowing themes but if you can cope with themes of Aids and abuse then you will adore the story. Never before have I read such a poignant account of what it was like in the 1990’s when Aid’s was prominent and that is the sheer talent of S. Davidson. I admit that I have not read many books that deal with the topic of Aids but this is because there are not many of them around and I believe this is because it is a somewhat ‘taboo’ topic that authors run away from. That is why I am incredibly impressed with the author S.Davidson for exploring poignant themes throughout her book because she is not only entertaining her readers with her compelling story but also informing them of core events in history and the reality of what happened and how it affected not only people but people they know.
S. Davidson is an author I have grown to love ever since reading Resurrection, Resurrection was such an incredible story that I immediately became addicted to her literature and knew that I would now read any book she writes. Resurrection, just like The Ties That Bind also deals with poignant themes and this is a running theme with Davidson’s words. Davidson clearly has a passion for sharing not commonly or openly discussed topics with her readers; Davidson shares these themes with her readers through the story and the characters and the result is an eye-opening, thought-provoking book.
Not only is S. Davidson fantastic for exploring such topics but she is also an excellent writer who knows how to grab and hold her reader from the start, even when tricky issues are discussed. You have to be careful when writing about themes that are upsetting as well as brutal because if you do not write about them correctly, there is a fear that the reader could stop reading. Davidson, however, is a master storyteller and knows precisely how to write her book so that readers are entertained from beginning to end and read without hesitation.
As The Ties That Bind is another sensational book courtesy of S. Davidson I, of course, have to award this stellar read five stars! So please, have a read of The Ties That Bind because it will entertain you as well as provoke your thoughts thanks to the poignant themes explored.
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