Laura Argiri’s novel The God in Flight was first published in 1996. The story of a Yale student’s romance with his art professor was one of the few gay historical romances at the time and was very well received:
“Argiri provides an enchanting menagerie of bullies and villains, friends and mentors. And her pair of lovers are as memorable as Mary Renault’s Alexander and Bagoas. Many readers should be delighted by this haunting blend of melodrama and fancy.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Argiri understands the way intellectual gay men in the late 19th century thought and felt.”—David Leavitt for the Los Angeles Times
“Art professor Doriskos Klionarios looks and sculpts like a Greek god. His teenage student, Simion Satterwhite, has a faunlike beauty and a genius for math. Their true love triumphs over child abuse, anorexia, homophobia, censorship, and the violence of bigots. This lush, effusive work [has] some satiric bite.”—Entertainment Weekly
“If a novel’s worth can be measured by the power and verity of the emotions it instills in the reader, then Argiri’s approaches the divine. It transforms and moves the spirit as modern fiction should and so seldom does, describing a love story with such true emotion that the heart aches reading it.”—Booklist
Over time the book fell out-of-print; Argiri had been too early in writing a novel in a genre that now has captivated many thousands of readers, regardless of their gender or sexuality, readers who simply enjoy a top-quality love story between two people at a time when that love is considered forbidden.
Happily for us, our friends at preeminent queer publisher Lethe Press are proudly reprinting this book and finally providing devotees of ebooks the chance to read this touching story. Here in Pride Month 2016, the book’s message is a timely affirmation: Love is stronger than violence. Joy is within reach, even if we have to work for it. We are strong enough!