A month before Election Day, the Democratic nominee for United States Senate in Texas – a gay reality television star named Patrick Francis Monaghan- takes to the stage to deliver a speech. Before the candidate can begin, he is shot twice in the stomach. As doctors work to save him, the reader is taken on a touching journey through the preceding forty years of Patrick’s life. Through a tight and appealing cast of characters, we see Patrick navigate what it is to be a gay man- and a public figure – in our rapidly changing world.
“Overall, this book delivers on its promise: it provides a coming-of-age tale mixed with a political story that is very apt for the age. Kelly, to his great credit, gives his characters real problems to contend with, and he doesn’t let them off the hook with convenient solutions or magical thinking. This book is recommended for any library that collects fiction for adults.”
— GLBT Round Table of the American Library Association