"A watershed moment exists in every man's life, Fish—the moment when you stop being your mother's son and start being your lover's man. When you transition from protected to protector."
Erik "Fish" Fiskare is only a college junior when a gunman walks into the campus theater, intent on stopping the show. From the lighting booth, Fish sees his girlfriend, Marguerite "Daisy" Bianco, get caught in the line of fire. Everyone runs away from the stage but Fish, in a watershed moment, runs toward it.
Spanning fifteen years, The Man I Love explores how a single act of violence reverberates through a circle of friends. At the center are Fish and Daisy, two soul mates who always brought out the best in each other. Both are hailed as heroes after the shooting, yet the tragedy starts to bring out the worst in them, tearing the circle apart.
Soon, Fish is running again—not toward Daisy this time, but as far away as possible. But can you really leave the one you were born to love? And is leaving always the end of loving?
"You never got over her, Fish. You just left. You may think that's closure, but it isn't. You may think a woman like Daisy comes along twice in a lifetime, but she doesn't."
Fearlessly touching on today's social and mental health issues, The Man I Love follows Erik Fiskare's journey back to the truth of himself and a woman he can't forget. With its gripping story and an unforgettable cast of characters, this epic novel of love and forgiveness lingers long after the last page is turned.
"A new kind of romance, well-crafted and intelligently written. Suanne Laqueur deftly explores what it means to be vulnerable, resilient and human."
"A compelling, heartfelt, intense read. The Man I Love raises important and tough social topics that are relevant and timely."
"An intelligent, perfectly-pitched modern romance. NOT your typical boy meets girl, but a story of first love and how people handle extreme situations."
"The Man I Love looks love, sex, depression and PTSD in the face and calls them by name. An astounding journey of forgiveness and recovery."
"Laqueur combines the dynamics of a circle of friends with a school shooting. The result is The Man I Love, a gripping, angsty psychological romance that explores second chances at first love. Book clubs will find plenty to discuss in this coming-of-age emotional journey of forgiveness and recovery. The characters are flawlessly crafted and deserving of love after tragedy. You'll be thinking about them long after you've finished."
"From university to adulthood, through love and loss, devotion and betrayal, estrangement and forgiveness, the Fish Tales series will bring you on an emotional journey of love and truth."
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This was an amazing book! It started out by bringing you into everything by giving wonderful imagery and detail to make you feel like you were sitting right there beside the characters. Then, there were loops that you thrown through as the story progressed and it was AMAZING...to say the least. I didn’t want to put my phone down as I was captured by the story and never wanted it to end. This is the first book by Susan Laqueur I have had the pleasure to read, but I cannot wait to read more!
So happy to end the year with this book fresh in my mind
You fall in love with Erik, rooting for him. Wanting to tell him it's going to be okay. But through the hardships he endures, he still has his humor as do the other characters along in his path. Needlessly to say, I love this book.
The healing of a wounded soul
An intimate story between friends, but focuses on the relationship of Erik and Daisy. I thought the story was well written, and very intense. The characters had great chemistry and brings thought to life's reflections, such as what it means to be who we are and how we got there. Fate isn't always set in stone. I really enjoyed the story, and it's a remarkable love story, that is unique, and unpredictable. Highly recommended.