Star Crossed Love — A Beautiful Sadness

Daily Prompt BYOB(ookworm) Write the blurb for the book jacket of the book you’d write, if only you had the time and inclination.

When it comes to star-crossed love, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has nothing on Martha Kennedy’s new novel, A Beautiful Sadness. A Beautiful Sadness tells the twin stories of the love between Adrienne and Mark, and Adrienne’s coming of age as a writer.

Set in Denver during the late 1970s, after the Stonewall Riots but still during time a when homosexuality was regarded as mental illness, Mark and Adrienne, graduate students in their late twenties, struggle with the reality of Mark’s sexual identity and their love for each other. Set against the whirling disco-ball of the era, Adrienne’s first person narrative is interspersed with works of short fiction she writes as a way to make sense of their very real but hopeless love.

As Laurence Durrell wrote in Justine, “Wrestling with the impossible grows a writer up,” in contending with her relationship with Mark, Adrienne discovers who she is.


Finally a prompt I can use. 🙂

11 thoughts on “Star Crossed Love — A Beautiful Sadness

  1. I’m glad you are better than Romeo and Juliet. Frankly, I always thought those two were more than a bit dippy. Seriously, you don’t check to make SURE she’s dead before offing yourself? Really?

    • Just what I wrote in response to Mrs. Anglo/Swiss. I also don’t see what’s so beautiful about star-crossed love. Nothing like real life experience to reveal the flaws in THAT.

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