If I Told You So is the story of a plucky lad in such a state. His name is Sean Jackson and he, to borrow a phrase from David Sedaris, likes guys. This would be hard enough in a Romney-Santorum America, but Sean has the additional misfortune of growing up in a small town where the only out "alternative lifestyle" he knows about belongs to the Fabulous Renee, owner of the local ice-cream shop. Threatened with a summer of landscaping with his estranged father, Sean gets a job at the ice-cream shop where he meets a new best friend and encounters something that feels a lot like love courtesy of his hunky (and a couple of years older) manager Jay.
If I Told You So is author Timothy Woodward's debut novel. He has a quick and clean writing style and gives Sean a clear voice and identity from page one. You can't help but pull for the protagonist through most of the book, with the exception being his one-too-many rides on the I-don't-like-you-because-you-speak-unfortunate-truths train with his friend, Becky.
|Author Tim Woodward reads from his novel last week at SNHU.|
To Mr. Woodward, I say, "More like this." I look forward to the day your publisher gives you more room to run.