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Set in New York City in the early 1990s, Two Natures is the coming-of-age story of Julian Selkirk, a fashion photographer who struggles to reconcile his Southern Baptist upbringing with his love for other men.
“Two Natures is a very honest bildungsroman, a coming of age novel, with all the key factors, finding your path, breaking with your parents’ traditions, learning to stand independent, with a healthy side of Southern Baptist guilt and a childhood fractured by abuse… Reiter does exactly what I like in a book, she lets me walk as the character. I am Julian as he struggles against the traditions of his family and the calling of his own soul. I feel his turmoil as he moves through this time in his life and I feel his heart break, along with his joy.” –Gallion Picks Reviews, AngieGallion.com
“[Julian] brings an outsider’s wry and engaging sense of humor to his quest to make it in the New York City fashion world. His romp through gay men’s urban culture also holds suffering, grief, pathos, and an ongoing struggle with the God of his childhood, as he comes of age during the height of the AIDS crisis. Though he gets distracted along the way—with politicians, preachers, drag queens, activists, Ironman gym buddies and sex, lots of sex—he never stops looking for real love to redeem him. An entertaining novel and a pleasure to read.” –-Toby Johnson, author of Gay Spirituality and the novels Secret Matter and The Fourth Quill
*2016 Rainbow Awards: First Prize, Best Gay Contemporary Fiction; First Runner-Up, Debut Gay Book
*Named one of QSpirit’s Top LGBTQ Christian Books of 2016
*2016 Lascaux Prize in Fiction Finalist
*2017 National Indie Excellence Award Finalist
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Jendi Reiter’s poetry and fiction are guided by her belief that people take precedence over ideologies. In exploring themes of queer family life, spiritual integration, and healing from adverse childhood experiences, her goal is to create understanding that leads to social change. She is the author of the novel Two Natures (Saddle Road Press) and four poetry books and chapbooks, most recently Bullies in Love (Little Red Tree Publishing). Writing awards include the 2016 New Letters Prize for Fiction and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist’s Fellowship. She is the editor of WinningWriters.com, an online resource site for creative writers.