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From Publishers Weekly For those whose familiarity with gay culture doesn't extend beyond stereotypes and caricatures, prepare for a shock: this sweet, funny, true tale of same-sex romance is probably too tame even for a Lifetime TV movie; as Valdes Greenwood writes, 'it occurs to me that I may have ... let myself down by missing out on the hedonistic youth that everyone will assume I had anyway.' A knowing, humble and generous narrator, Valdes Greenwood keeps his story of meeting and falling in love with his future husband-a 'romantic life that has been as uncomplicated and physically virtuous as that of a Promise Keeper'-surprisingly fresh, even as he demonstrates that same-sex couples just want the same things everybody else does: 'When Jason and I had moved in together in 1994, we had made three folders that corresponded with our future plans: wedding, house-buying, and adoption, in that order.' Valdes Greenwood doesn't get preachy or overtly political about gay rights and marriage; rather, he lets his life with husband and baby-ups, downs, and all-speak for itself. It's a convincing, heartwarming argument. Copyright ? Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more From Booklist Greenwood tells of his marriage to Jason, detailing how in-laws, even Grandpa in the cowboy hat, supported it; disparaging his family, who skipped the 1995 wedding and organized a prayer group to 'pray him out of it'; and recalling his preceremony panic when he found he had forgotten his tux trousers. His touching, humorous memoir then deals with such everyday vicissitudes of coupledom-in-general as arguments and stony silences, as well as others peculiar to gay marriage, such as same-sex adoption. Owning that 'to pretend that only home is where the hard-on is . . . seems like a way to set yourself up for needless frustration,' he recalls flirtatious Grandpa attempting to make amends to stern Grandma with long-stemmed roses. But then, he and Jason believe in open, candid discussion, not an open sexual relationship. Their marriage comes first, followed by home ownership (town house), pets, and then child adoption, with Greenwood becoming a total mom. Could be a Hallmark TV special. Whitney ScottCopyright ? American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more See all Editorial Reviews