With the Supreme Court’s ruling on same sex marriage, it seemed an a propos time to repost this article on how my novel (about to be reissued in a second edition) has become a period piece in only four years.
A discussion on the news the other night made me realize that my novel, published in 2011, is already becoming obsolete– and I couldn’t be happier. A panel was discussing how quickly the dominoes were falling when it comes to U.S. states recognizing same sex marriage. I thought about a now obsolete passage in Angel in which the two protagonists joke about the comparative merits of getting married in Massachusetts or Iowa, the two states that allowed such a thing when the book was written. “The ocean is sexier than corn,” Ian said.
In only three years, the novel has become a period piece.
Writing the final version of the book in 2009 and 2010 I described a mainstream church with a congregation divided on the question of whether or not to accept a gay pastor. At this time, there was a widespread view that Christianity and homosexuality were simply…
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