Aspen Mountain Press
November 7, 2008
Derek and Troy have been lovers for years, but Derek has never come out to his
family. In a heated confrontation with his father, Derek blurts the truth about
his sexuality and is met with a decidedly negative reaction from his father.
So Derek and Troy prepare to spend Thanksgiving Day alone, just the two of
them. They soon find they have more to give thanks for than either of them
I have a number of friends who are gay, so reading a story about a man who
finally comes out to his family was something that really struck a chord for
me. Sure, GIVING THANKS may be a work of fiction, but it had an
undeniable chord of truth in it. For many gay men and women, coming out to the
people closest to them is unbelievably frightening.
When Derek does so with his father, all his worst fears are confirmed, and then
some. He is distraught over being disowned by his dad, but channels his energy
into preparing a wonderful Thanksgiving meal for the man he loves more than life
For his part, Troy is wonderfully supportive of Derek. Having long lived in the
shadows as Derek’s ‘friend’ to the world, he has willingly hidden their
relationship and sexuality to protect his lover’s familial relationships. Now
that Derek has outed them, he is just as supportive. This man is all about
doing whatever the man he loves needs. Wow. Would that we all had someone like
this in our life, eh?
But that isn’t all the story has to offer. The happy ending Maura Anderson
delivers in this brief but emotionally rich story involves more than just the
Bravo to Maura Anderson for delivering a story that so poignantly depicts a
major event in a gay man’s life in such an honest way, but still finding the
happy ever after these two princes deserve together.
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