The Blurb

Adam Henry Carrière's new novel MILES takes you on an unforgettable journey through the limbo of covert sex between teenagers to chronicle a way of life barely imagined by those outside its boundaries. Once its hero, Miles, is initiated into the steamily erotic, nearly psychotic, passions of gay connections, he thrusts himself compulsively into the arena of young love - and desire. He prowls the gilded balconies and shaded bathrooms, the flirtatious beaches and temptatious glens of the city in his feverish attempt to make meaning of his eruptive yearnings. And accompanying Miles on his journey, you will be well repaid in pure entertainment. However, Carrière also writes in symbols.  His players are natural forces, natural people (by harmony and contrast) and he is always questioning. He makes you recoil emotionally, but always in a manner that causes you ask yourself why you found it so disturbing. He makes you laugh, and you wonder why you found it humorous; he makes you hope for certain outcomes and you wonder why. He is, in short, continually asking you questions.  And without apology or sentimentality MILES is his sprawling, brawling, dynamic, hilarious answer.  If you think that only one thing can happen between gay teenagers, shock - and delight - awaits you.

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The Reviews

A coming of age story every bit as intense and vivid as James Joyce's "Araby", MILES is filled with spot-on truths about the glory, force, and pain of adolescence. As the narrator tells his story we hear a voice that is both insecure and confident in waves of learning and knowing as he tells of family, friendships, new love, and blossoming sexuality. An eloquent and extremely perceptive young man, Miles discovers and uncovers truth after truth about himself and others and never falters in his path, even when it leads to sorrow. This tender, sweet tale nearly startles in the accuracy of its portrayal of the powerful emotions of young love, and the genuine fear of being alone. I could really see, hear, and believe in this character. The opulent layers of detail and of place and time immerse the reader deeply in Miles' world, and I truly felt I had been on the journey right along with him. This novel was a joy to read.

            ~ Arlene Greene, author, Quicksand

Immersed in the words of MILES, the reader discovers a complexity of character with a level of introspection rarely found in such a visceral narrative. Carrière's writing is at once cerebral and highly emotive, set against a tapestry of sights and sounds that position the reader inside Miles' troubled, elegantly analytical mind. Woven through the Sturm und Drang are bright threads of love, friendship, acceptance and compassion. Miles transcends expectations and at the close of this euphony there is nothing left but to sigh, having completed a journey through the highs and lows of humanity and come to rest with a glow of satisfaction.

            ~ Leanne Hanson, author, Ghost Dreaming

A five star coming of age gay story that has the emotional intensity of a symphony (musical references abound)--but avoids all the pitfalls of over-wrought sentimentality, not to mention the same old, same old gestures of disaffected youth. The writing is fresh, often beautiful, and the descriptions of Chicago in the 70s--neighborhoods, diners, schools, and suburbs--provide a colorful backdrop to the narrative. Miles (the protagonist) relates self-discovery and journey from adolescent to adult in his own unmistakable and charming voice (which is to say I liked Miles right away): his intellect, humor, empathy, and honesty. Young love, like so many other themes in literature, is not easy to write--but I feel that Carrière is at his best when describing the complex, often awkward, and unforgettable moments of attraction (the longing, excitement, tenderness), as well as loss and mourning. The dialogue? Well, that simply rocked. One great scene followed another and many memorable lines make up this book. A gorgeous work.

            ~ Kathryn A. Kopple, author, Little Velásquez

The Author

Adam Henry Carrière
is an online habitué specialising in letters and publishing design. A former NPR broadcaster, he holds a BA in Film & Video from Columbia College and an MA in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California. He has taught writing at both his alma mater and for the United States Navy across the Pacific. 

Born on the South Side of Chicago, Adam now resides in Las Vegas, where he has won the Nevada Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry and publishes Danse Macabre, Nevada's first online literary magazine. 

He is widely published across the web as well as the author of novels Miles (2013) and Hi's Cool (2014), the chapbook of poems Zigeunertänze (2009) and the poetry anthology Faschingslieder (2014). 

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"This is a coming-of-age story that deconstructs the genre even as it excels within it. The characters are vivid, unpredictable, and convincing. Whether you're straight, gay, or bi, you'll find yourself identifying with the brave, ruthless, enigmatic, and undeniably human hero."

"This is 21st century writing - bold, unashamed and sometimes brutal, with no holds barred, much like the city it inhabits, yet it tells a timeless and universal story of a man's awakening, and of pride."

"There is so much pathos between the covers of this book. It is dark. It is hard. It is haunting. It will reach out and grab you and pull you in and under. Enter at your own risk but be prepared to be swept into and away by this novel."