Title: Lonesome Town
Author Name & Publisher: Tom Mendicino (Lyrical Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 24, 2015 – 98 pgs
Charlie Beresford and Kevin “KC” Conroy came of age in Tom Mendicino’s KC, At Bat and Travelin’ Man. Now they’re struggling with the realities of adulthood, in this powerfully honest story of unlikely friendship and enduring love.
At twenty-two, Charlie Beresford has a Dartmouth degree, an entry-level radio job, and a hunch that he’s already made one of the biggest mistakes of his life. It’s no wonder his old high-school crush, KC Conroy, is wary when they encounter each other again. Five years ago, Charlie callously discarded him after they shared an intense adolescent affair.
This KC is wiser and more worldly than the aspiring baseball star Charlie used to idolize. Back then, fame and success seemed a given. Now KC is chasing his last chance to make it as a pro, playing with an independent minor league team. But Charlie has changed too. Time and distance have taught him what’s worth fighting for, even when the odds are long—and that the only thing worse than striking out might be never taking a chance at all.
So this book is about Charlie who works for a sports radio station and KC who is a baseball player.
Now I did really like where this story was going but the inner thoughts and the way Charlie talks was really odd and slightly confusing to be honest. The way he acted with KC too was very odd to me too.
This is a slow burn between these two men and while I did like them together I just could not get over the way Charlie talked and acted it was just so odd. It was also just too confusing keeping up with everything that was happening in this story.
So I am sad to say this Novella was just not for me…
This was my first book by Tom Mendicino, I realize this was also the third book in the series, though I’m not sure that I needed to read them before this book. I was very confused by this book, it seemed to be all over the place. Started out with lots if baseball stuff, (which I know nothing about) so I think that was part of my problem.
I didn’t get Charlie most of the time, I didn’t care for him and KC was ok. I didn’t think they would really work as a couple.
I’m sorry to say it just didn’t hold my interest but I’m sure there are plenty people that will love this story.
Tom Mendicino is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Carolina School of Law. His forthcoming novel, The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter (Kensington, September 2015), is about a pair of motherless boys, the sons of an abusive immigrant from Italy, and the choices each makes to protect the other.
His debut novel Probation (Kensington) was named a 2011 American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book and was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. He is also the author of the new adult novellas KC, at Bat, Travelin’ Man, and Lonesome Town, a trilogy following the relationship between a promising baseball player and a would-be musician.