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In this beautiful and haunting novel, Lewis DeSimone, author of the acclaimed Chemistry, explores the hidden depths of love, the struggle to maintain a balance between connection and individuality. Edward’s illness is set against the backdrop of a sea change in gay culture, a time when AIDS is assumed to be simply a manageable condition, and when the drive for assimilation through marriage or the military has begun to trump the distinct characteristics that were once a source of pride. Deftly shifting perspectives to paint a compelling portrait of a man and a community on the cusp of a critical transition, The Heart’s History gives hope that, despite the impossibility of ever achieving true oneness with another person, it is the attempt itself that gives life its greatest joy.

''Lewis DeSimone is a great writer. His prose is thoughtful, deep, layered and real. His characters are living. It's about love and sex and AIDS, about human connection and the ultimate unknowability of another person. It's about the slow assimilation of a larger gay culture that used to be more angry and badass. It's a really good book written by a very skilled author.'' --Michelle Tea, Lambda Literary Award winner and Los Angeles Times best-selling author

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