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“We’re so alike, you and I. It’s no wonder we kept finding each other.”
September 11, 1973: Eleven-year-old Alejandro Penda watches from his apartment window as Santiago, Chile falls to a military coup, destroying his family and his childhood. Arriving alone in America, he’s taken in by the Larks: a prominent family in the town of Guelisten. Though burdened by unresolved grief for his disappeared parents, he becomes fiercely loyal to the Larks, eventually marrying one of their daughters, Valerie.
September 11, 2001: Javier Landes watches from his apartment window as New York City falls to terrorism. As one of Manhattan’s top-paid male escorts, this professional lover has never lacked for company and is loyal only to himself. But in the wake of 9/11, Jav is named guardian for an orphaned nephew in Guelisten and must open his carefully-guarded heart to pain he’s long suppressed.
Alex, Valerie and Jav meet first in their twenties, with a sudden attraction each finds strange and compelling. When they meet again in their forties, they discover not only is their bond still strong, but their life experiences are strangely similar. All have been shaped by separate 9/11’s, and their unfinished business from the past will change everything they know about love, loyalty and friendship.
“Life has rules. You cannot come in the middle of the night and take what we agreed isn’t yours.”
Across three decades and two continents, Suanne Laqueur’s fifth novel explores the unpredictability of sexual attraction, how family ties are forged, torn and mended, and how love’s downfall can turn to exaltation.
What readers are saying:
“I’m not good at reviews….I’m not good at putting my feelings into words – that’s why I read other people’s words. So in no way can I express how much Suanne’s words mean to me. I fall in love with every story and every character from her. She just has a way with writing that is so beautiful and so real that you can’t walk away. When I finished this book I was still stuck in Larks’ land. My mind was on the characters constantly. Like I swear they are real people and I need to check in on them and see how they’re all doing. This book pushed me; it made me think outside my normal box and made me understand that things aren’t always so black and white. That’s Suanne – making real life happen. Any book by her I will swoop up in a heartbeat; no questions asked. I love you Suanne and I love reading your words and I love how much you share with your fans. Your an inspiration and pretty amazing.“ – Amazon Five Star Review
“An Exaltation of Larks contains so much love, pain, joy, and despair–and I loved every second of it.” – Amazon Five Star Review