European Son by Barry Stewart Levy
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In this remarkable work of fiction, the first by its author, a troubled young man - adopted as a teenager - flees his New Haven home days after his twenty-seventh birthday and travels to London then Amsterdam and finally to Nice where he infiltrates and manipulates the lives of Robert and Nicole, a young French couple.

“European Son: a novella” by Barry Stewart Levy is a beautifully crafted tale of obsession, revenge and redemption. The narrator is a nameless, existential protagonist on a journey of self-discovery. By the end of the story, we learn the disturbing truth behind his sudden departure and how the dangerous, erotic triangle he creates on the French Riviera mirrors the one between his stepsister Ann, himself and Jay, their mutual object of desire.

This riveting tale of a young man searching for his sexual identity and his place in the world grips you from the start until it releases you with its heartbreaking but hopeful ending.

About Barry Stewart Levy

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published November 8, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 159 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Levy’s poetry is generally successful, and he demonstrates lyrical talent, with occasional off notes, such as “a dream of Poe-etic justice.” Not a coming-out story or solely about sexual attraction between individuals, the book’s conclusions are unnerving as are many of the scenes portrayed.

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