Since I haven’t had the opportunity to talk much about the book yet, I figured I’d give you guys a little preview.
Four Corners is narrated by Jake, a thirty-year-old openly gay man in Chicago. His childhood best friend Adam skipped town five years ago without a word, leaving Jake confused and heartbroken. Adam shows up again on the first page of the novel. Jake doesn’t want anything to do with him at first, but caves when Adam persists in asking for them to get together to “talk.” Jake tells the story of his relationship with Adam when they were kids, from their days on the town’s Little League team through their early twenties when they were first trying on adulthood. Then, of course, he tells what happens when Adam comes back.
I don’t know why, but I have always loved the friends-to-lovers/reunited lovers trope. (You, uh, may have noticed.) I’m not sure why; it’s not like I’m still carrying a torch for anyone. It might just be one of those things; I like writing about friendship, and I think there is a lot of intimacy in close friendships, so if two friends are attracted to each other, it’s not a great leap to love from there. (Of course, to make a compelling story, I as a writer have to throw a bunch of road blocks between the friends.)
Jake and Adam grew up across an intersection from each other in the Chicago suburbs. Jake came from a liberal Jewish family, Adam from a conservative Catholic family. Jake was doted on by his parents, Adam had to compete for attention with his five siblings. Jake doesn’t like to leave his comfort zone, Adam likes to take risks. The two men are different in a lot of ways, but they share a lot of common bonds, too, share a deep affection for each other that was founded when they were very young. The novel is an exploration of similarities and differences and how two people can find their way together.
The novel is about friendship, too. The title refers to a few different things, but most of all, it refers to the four corners of a baseball diamond, and Jake, Adam, and their friends Kyle and Brendan once made up the four bases of their high school team, which formed a bond that survived into adulthood. Brendan and Kyle have issues of their own, both related to Adam’s leaving town and to their lives since Adam left.
So that’s a little about the book. It will be available on Wednesday, August 8 from Dreamspinner Press!