Thanks so very much for your comments and those of your minions re the query letter for my debut literary novel, THE GONE (Face-Lift 1071). I’ve noted at least one revised query on your site. I hope this means I’m allowed to resend mine for further comment. If not, well, slap my ass and call me Charlie. With the idea that less is more, the below is a stripped-down version. But if the less is too much less, or the more, superfluous, please lash me with your acid tongue. Thanks again.
When their apartment building is sold out from under them and they’re faced with eviction, a cohesive band of neighbors find themselves in emotional freefall as they scramble to find new homes in a city they can no longer afford.
Rent control will soon be history. The competition for housing in a rapidly gentrifying city is fierce. And no one is more impacted by the ticking clock than professional bedtime story reader, Lee Granger. If he scores new digs, he’ll be down to a diet of Ramen and toast. If he’s forced to leave town, he’ll be severing deep ties to his turf, relationships and singular work.
Then he meets Arlo, soon to be homeless as well and poised to move on. As intimacy grows between the men, Arlo understandably steers clear of attachment, while Lee copes with the implication the new friendship has for his sexual identity. But the two are helplessly drawn to each other, with little time left before launching into uncertain, and possibly separate, futures.
As an urban dweller, and having myself weathered a no-fault eviction, I bring to THE GONE an insider’s view of what it’s like to unexpectedly lose one’s home in a financially challenging time and face the repercussions of imposed decisions. (brief writing credits bio here).
THE GONE is complete at 134, 000 words. Thanks for taking the time to review my query.