“Like it or not, she made you the man you are. And you never got over her. You just left.”
April 19, 1992: A man with a gun walks into a university theater, intent on stopping the show. Erik “Fish” Fiskare watches from the lighting booth as his life is instantly and irrevocably changed.
Spanning fifteen years, The Man I Love explores how a single act of violence reverberates through a circle of college friends. At the circle’s center is Erik and his girlfriend, Marguerite “Daisy” Bianco. Her love, passion and pragmatic strength have always sustained Erik, but when she succumbs to post-traumatic stress, the young couple is torn apart.
Erik remains estranged from Daisy into his adulthood. He builds a satisfying life, yet he’s haunted by the lingering bond of his soul mate. Soon Erik must face the past and answer the question: is leaving the end of loving?
Fearlessly touching on today’s social and mental health issues, The Man I Love follows Erik’s journey back to the truth of himself and a woman he can’t forget. With its gripping story and an unforgettable cast of characters, this epic novel of love and forgiveness lingers long after the last page is turned.
“A new kind of romance, well-crafted and intelligently written. Suanne Laqueur deftly explores what it means to be vulnerable, resilient and human.”
“A compelling, heartfelt, intense read. The Man I Love raises important and tough social topics that are relevant and timely.”
“An intelligent, perfectly-pitched modern romance. NOT your typical boy meets girl, but a story of first love and how people handle extreme situations.”
“The Man I Love looks love, sex, depression and PTSD in the face and calls them by name. An astounding emotional journey of forgiveness and recovery.”
“Laqueur combines the dynamics of a circle of friends with a school shooting. The result is The Man I Love, a gripping, angsty psychological romance that explores second chances at first love. Book clubs will find plenty to discuss in this coming-of-age emotional journey of forgiveness and recovery. The characters are flawlessly crafted and deserving of love after tragedy. You'll be thinking about them long after you've finished.”