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Ebook Details
  • 05/2020
  • B089G881K1
  • 342 pages
  • $3.00
Paperback Details
  • 08/2020
  • 979-8671250947 B08DSX91JH
  • 303 pages
  • $15.00
Behind Closed Doors
What would you do if you were a homosexual in a country where being gay is severely frowned upon and considered a taboo? What is the ultimate price to pay if you were different, gay? Lagos playboy, son of an ex-beauty Queen; and sole heir to the Johnson fortune, Henry Johnson, is facing a stunning controversy because of his sexual orientation . . . He loves men, yet the thought disgusts him and throws him into turmoil, that is, until he encounters Phoenix, a bisexual male stripper and prostitute who is wildly ambitious and will do anything to climb the social ladder. Phoenix is the one man that opens his eyes to the taste of the forbidden fruit, to what it feels like to hold another man, to kiss another man, and to bed another man. One taste of the forbidden gay fruit and Henry knows he's trapped. Trapped between Society's expectations, his duty to his family, and his hidden love of men. Set against the backdrop of a sprawling, decadent Lagos City, and from there to the outer edges of Eastern Nigeria, where being gay is unimaginable, a gay romance unthinkable, the consequences of being caught frighteningly debilitating and cripplingly suicidal, Behind Closed Doors is a story of hidden passions that take hold in the dark where same sex love thrives. Henry will be forced to look deep within himself to unearth the man beneath, to make the toughest decisions of his life as it concerns Phoenix, a young man whose destiny becomes irremovably entwined in his. He will have to question everything he holds dear, everything Society has taught him. He will be forced to question his very existence.
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Goodreads

When i started out reading this book, I'd thought it'd be a conventional "gay fiction" book, with the characters pining for each other and their disappointments and love. But this book presented so much. It presented a true, detailed and sordid glimpse into the Nigerian gay, gender and societal narrative, all perfectly and deeply interwoven as to form a strong impression in your mind.

K. Adrian Banks weaves his characters with masterly heft and a brutal candidness that's surprising.

In Phoenix we see the Nigerian stereotypical gay man: an effeminate young man who's the living, breathing stereotype of all that's gay and unwanted in Nigeria. We see a man who's been branded as gay by circumstances, but who does identify as a bisexual male, though he milks the stereotype and hatred for all it's worth. The author presents this character flawlessly and beautifully, with doses of nastiness and the occasional tragic flashback thrown in.

In Henry, the author weaves the perfect man. Tall, chiselled, from rich, aristocratic pedigree, and who ordinarily would be a ladies' man, but who's gay, truly gay. He has no affections for women whatsoever. He is the typified Nigerian male in looks and disposition, but in a shocking twist, fits the perfect mould for a heterosexual male, but isn't.

The story between this two weaves a Nigerian story that's altogether powerful and extremely sad as well, given that Nigeria is an unapologetically homophobic country, and the time when the book is set--that moralistic time between the freedom of men to love other men albeit secretly and shortly before the anti-gay Bill is signed into law--is a testimony of how turbulent life is for Nigerian gay men, how downtrodden they are. And of course, how, bogged down by society's expectations, gay men enter into marriages to live double lives.

Behind Closed Doors captures the true essence of the meaning, Double Life. It is a sad but refreshing portrayal of gay men in Nigeria who dares to love, to dream, to even kill to protect themselves.

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 05/2020
  • B089G881K1
  • 342 pages
  • $3.00
Paperback Details
  • 08/2020
  • 979-8671250947 B08DSX91JH
  • 303 pages
  • $15.00

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