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by S. J. Epps

Review by Barry Boy

I was given Hibernation by S. J. Epps when it was Book of the Day in exchange for an honest review.

The story opens at a church parade involving floats. Suddenly, an earthquake erupts. However, the main damage as far as we are concerned is in the local prison, where a pastor is in jail for refusing to marry a lesbian couple called Katy and Karol, or as the press calls them K&K.

It seems that the local LGBT community has decided to hold a campaign using a Sixties law that was meant to prevent discrimination on the grounds of age, sex, national origin and sexual leaning.

This is bad enough as other members of the community, such as police officers, are embroiled in the campaign as discriminators as well. We also discover that at least one of the local pastors is a closet gay, married with children. This quite naturally causes tensions in their marriage, which possibly push them both into the arms of other lovers.

Hibernation gives a snapshot of an inner city black community and the most prominent local  church and its ministers including their relationships, sexual leanings and illnesses.

Hibernation is written in the third person in a language that is probably typical of the time and place. It has been well, but imperfectly edited, but it is not bad at all. I have more concerns with the cover and, especially, the title, which seem hardly relevant despite the explanation offered within the novel.

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