A chance meeting over a dropped shop key opens a new world for Janna, the bright, attractive proprietress of a Ukranian cafe in Philadelphia’s city centre. A decidedly straight woman on the eve of her thirtieth birthday, Janna is unable to form any real commitment with the men she has dated. All of her most intimate and emotionally satisfying friendships have been with gay men. Her attraction to them, and to the idea of gay male love, has always left her perplexed and unsatisfied in her own relationships. One day while opening her cafe, Janna meets Philip, an attractive young gay man. They see each other again, backstage after the recital of a brilliant young violinist who Janna learns is Philip’s boyfriend. Fate soon draws them together into an erotic triangle that brings the young men’s relationship to a breaking point and Janna to a deep understanding of the complexity of her own sexuality and the nature of love between men. In prose as intensely erotic as the intellectually and emotionally charged sexuality it captures, Janna’s voyeuristic participation in Alex and Philip’s relationship is one of the most revealing pictures of an erotic psyche that readers will ever encounter.
Price: USD 5.99, HKD 46.99
Author/Editor: Juliet Sarkessian