Title: An Infatuation
Author Name: Joe Cosentino
Publication Date & Length: February 4, 2015 – 106 pgs
With his ten-year high school reunion approaching, Harold wonders whether Mario will be as muscular, sexy, and tantalizing as he remembers. As a teenager, it was love at first sight for Harold while tutoring football star Mario, until homophobia and bullying drove Mario deep into the closet. Now they’re both married men. Mario, a model, is miserable with his producer wife, while Harold, a teacher, is perfectly content with his businessman husband, Stuart. When the two meet again, will the old flame reignite, setting Harold’s comfortable life ablaze? How can Harold be happy with Stuart when he is still infatuated with his Adonis, his first love, Mario? Harold faces this seemingly impossible situation with inimitable wit, tenderness, and humor as he attempts to reconcile the past and the future.
First off, I love how this story was told. A look back on how things unfolded is not a perspective many writers use, but it was most effective in this story.
Mario and Harold – high school buddies – study buddies – friends? While the author shows a realistic view of how these two interacted and their emotions behind their interactions, I believe that Cosentino did an amazing job allowing the reader to feel each of those reactions, interactions, emotions and see that relationship from an outside perspective.
Had we been given a different perspective, I think the story would have had a far less profound effect on me.
While I cried during this story, I also laughed and was incredibly frustrated.
I loved this story and am so happy that I was able to read this.
Joe Cosentino is the author of AN INFATUATION (Dreamspinner Press), PAPER DOLL Jana Lane mystery 1 (Whiskey Creek Press), DRAMA QUEEN Nicky and Noah mystery 1 (Lethe Press–releasing this summer), and THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. His one-act plays, INFATUATION and NEIGHBOR, were performed in New York City. He wrote “The Perils of Pauline,” available on CDROM (through Prentice Hall Publishers). Joe received his MFA from Goddard College in Vermont, and MA from SUNY New Paltz. He is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York.