Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-06-09
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Every Time I Think of You
BOOK REVIEW
by David-Elijah Nahmod
2012-05-16

This article shared 3779 times since Wed May 16, 2012
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


By Jim Provenzano $14.95; CreateSpace; 258 pages

You never forget your first love. With this, his fourth novel, Jim Provenzano offers a lovely, lyrical tale of love at first sight that tugs at the heartstrings.

In the late 1970s, studious Reid and Everett, a privileged boy from the town's wealthiest family, meet in the woods on a cold winter's night. They have sex on the spot, but it doesn't end there. Over the course of a weekend, they fall deeply in love.

But life throws them many curve balls. There's the class difference. Everett attends a private school hundreds of miles away, so the time they can spend together is limited. With heart and humor, the author details those first few weeks of what looks to be a long-term relationship. We share the boys' excitement as they send each other packages, and speak on the phone when they can. When they meet for occasional weekends, we share in their joy. It's a beautiful story that will bring back warm-hearted memories for many readers. We've all been there.

Provenzano told Windy City Times why he made his story a period piece: "The time and age of the two protagonists is the same as mine, but the story's completely made up. I wanted to set a work in this special moment in time, when, as a teenager, I felt very okay about being gay, and people around me did as well. Plus, I didn't particularly care to write about an era of cell phones and Facebook just yet."

The story is primarily set in small-town Pennsylvania, with a few visits to the big city of Pittsburgh thrown in. With his elegantly written prose, the author draws his readers back to a fondly remembered time when young gay men were free to explore their sexuality without fear of HIV.

The book draws part of its power from Provenzano's sharp descriptions of it's settings. As he describes the tree where the boys first meet, it's easy to picture it's bare branches framed against the night sky. Readers will feel the winter chill in the air as the boys "reveal" themselves to each other. It's rare for a writer to paint such vivid images with words, but Provenzano has done it.

The genesis of the book came from a most unexpected place. "It started with a series of dreams I had in early January 2011. I woke up and realized that there was a connection, and the scenes were quite evocative. I just started typing, even though it was four in the morning. Fortunately, I kept typing, and fortunately, it was a Saturday."

It's definitely not a children's book. The love/sex scenes between Reid and Everett are graphic, but they're never pornographic. The boys aren't "tricking," they're making love, and these sequences are filled with the special kind of excitement one can only feel with a soul mate.

About midway through the story, the seemingly idyllic love story of Reid and Everett takes a sharp, dramatic turn. An unexpected tragedy threatens to come between the boys, and the remainder of the book focuses on how they, as teens, will deal with what the universe has given them. "Along the way of writing Every Time, I just realized that it could happen. I didn't set out from the beginning to have it happen, but all of a sudden, I realized how many people I've known in my life who've used wheelchairs, and I became fascinated by the potential for conflict and compassion between the two main characters."

Every Time I Think of You has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, and Provenzano promised that a sequel is now in the works. The book is available in both print and Amazon Kindle editions.


This article shared 3779 times since Wed May 16, 2012
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

New book sets the record straight on Act Up New York 2021-06-10
- Novelist, playwright, nonfiction writer, journalist, screenwriter, LGBTQ+-rights activist and AIDS historian Sarah Schuman preserves the power of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) while laying everything out about ...


Gay News

Lambda Literary Award winners announced 2021-06-09
- On June 1, Lambda Literary announced the winners of its 33rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards. The winners were selected by a panel of more than 60 literary professionals from more than 1,000 book submissions from more ...


Gay News

Temple Beth-El to offer 'Drag Queen Story Time' on June 5 2021-05-31
- Temple Beth-El, a Reform Jewish synagogue in Northbrook, will hold "Drag Queen Story Time" on Saturday, June 5, 4-4:45 p.m., on Zoom. The all-ages event will feature Merriam Levkowitz, described on a flyer as "Chicago's premier ...


Gay News

An Evening with Fran Lebowitz at the Auditorium Theatre on April 15, 2022 2021-05-25
--From a press release - Chicago, IL May 24, 2021 — An Evening with Fran Lebowitz on Friday, April 15th at Auditorium Theatre located at 50 E. Congress Pkwy Chicago, IL. This show is all ages and begins at 7:30 PM ...


Gay News

Little library honoring John Pennycuff is unveiled 2021-05-24
- Chicago's Unity Park Advisory Council (UPAC) held "Park Day" May 22 at the site, 2636 N. Kimball Ave.—and one of the events involved the unveiling of a custom-designed little library that honors late LGBTQ-rights activist John ...


Gay News

'Real Housewives' expert Brian Moylan keeps it real in new tell-all book 2021-05-21
- Bravo's Real Housewives franchise, which has been stirring the pot for more than 15 years, has launched 31 books and a cocktail line; featured two jail sentences and a couple of supermodel daughters; made Andy Cohen ...


Gay News

Women and Children First hosts 'Documenting LGBTQ+ Histories' virtual panel 2021-05-18
- To celebrate the release of Diana Souhami's book No Modernism Without Lesbians, Women and Children First hosted a "Documenting LGBTQ+ Histories" virtual panel May 16. Gerber/Hart Library and Archives volunteer ...


Gay News

NBJC and Out in Tech kick off Pride with launch of Lavender Book app 2021-05-18
--From a press release - As Pride Month approaches, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) and Out in Tech are launching Lavender Book, a web based app dedicated to finding safe and inclusive spaces for members of the Queer BIPOC community ...


Gay News

BOOKS Lesbian author Amanda Kabak to release hate-crime novel July 20 2021-05-15
- Lesbian author Amanda Kabak—a Chicago native who now resides in Lakeland, Florida—is releasing the novel Upended on July 20. In Upended, Maddie, a driven entrepreneur, finds her world thrown into disarray when she survives a hate ...


Gay News

'An Evening with Fran Lebowitz' in April 2022 in NYC 2021-05-12
- Legendary author, journalist and social observer Fran Lebowitz is slated to return to The Town Hall stage in New York City for two live, in conversation events on April 6-7, 2022. Lebowitz is coming off her ...


Gay News

Stephanie Battaglino, New York Life's first transgender officer, releases memoir 2021-05-11
--From a press release - May 11, 2021… Educator and motivational speaker Stephanie Battaglino today officially released her memoir, Reflections from Both Sides of the Glass Ceiling: Finding My True Self in Corporate America, from L'Oste Vineyard Press. After many years ...


Gay News

Gerber/Hart holding large book sale/exhibit viewing June 6 2021-05-10
- Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, 6500 N. Clark St., is holding a one-day book sale is returning on Sunday, June 6, 12-4 p.m., in the library reading room. Extra tables will be set up to significantly increase ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Military bill, LGBTQ teen, trans deaths, Pride items, children's book 2021-05-09
- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill that directs the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs in the Garden State to assist former Armed Forces service members who were denied an honorable discharge due to ...


Gay News

Jonathan Ned Katz talks new book, LGBTQ history, state of the world 2021-05-05
- Author, historian and activist Jonathan Ned Katz will come out with a new book, The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams, on May 18. The biography is centered on the life of Adams, a Jewish lesbian immigrant, and also ...


Gay News

BOOKS Lambda Literary Awards to take place June 1 2021-05-03
- The 33rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards—which celebrates LGBTQ+ books and authors—will take place Tuesday, June 1, 6-8 p.m. Typically held in person in New York City, this year's Lammys will be presented virtually for the first ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.