Title: Where You’ll Find Him
Author Name & Publisher: Mel Bossa (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 18, 2015 – 206 pgs
During Pride week in Montreal, Wolfe learns the board is threatening to shut down the YBR queer community center. He can’t let this happen, not while he’s the director and responsible for everyone there. They tell him he’s just a kid, too young to handle these responsibilities, but Wolfe is determined to prove to everyone, including the rich family he left behind, that he’s strong enough to do the job, even if it leaves him with little time for love.
But then devastatingly handsome Gaspard walks up to the YBR stand on Pride community day. Freshly divorced and father to two grown children, Gaspard is finally out of the closet as bisexual, and single for the first time in thirty years. Gaspard falls for Wolfe in a way he’s not prepared for. But as relationships unravel, Gaspard resists his passion for a man young enough to be his son.
Wolfe has spent his life fighting for what he wants. And what he wants is Gaspard.
This book hit on so many things I love: wonderful characters, a May-December romance, friendship, strong women, family, heavy on plot, romance secondary to character development, and sensual without being explicit. I was half in love with every single character in the story. They all had flaws, but not in such a way as to make them unlikable. These were people willing to fight not only for their romantic partners but all their relationships. While it’s all told alternating Wolfe’s and Gaspard’s perspectives, they were actually less important than the secondary characters.
I loved the scattered references, which I won’t spoil for other readers, and I’m sure I missed a lot of them. I will admit it took me a while to work out what I was supposed to be looking for, which is why I desperately need to read it again to find them all.
This novel felt to me more about giving and taking chances than about falling in love. That might be why it resonated so strongly with me. It made me feel so many things, and there were multiple times I had to pause to get my emotions under control again. What a beautifully written story.
Mel Bossa is the author of Split and In His Secret Life, both Lambda Award finalists, as well as numerous other books and short stories. She lives in Montreal’s gay village where she volunteers for a crisis center. As a queer Franco-Italian feminist raised in a patriarchal family, she’s felt like the Other for a great part of her life and finds peace in dreaming up worlds where grace wins over fear.