Goodbye, I Love You by Carol Lynn Pearson

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Format read: Paperback

Genre: Memoir

Rating: 7 out of 10

Plot: When Carol Lynn met Gerald, she was instantly attracted to him. As their relationship progresses, she finds out that he has been struggling with homosexuality, but they are convinced that he can overcome these feelings with the help of the Mormon faith.  As the years go by, Gerald begins to feel that he can no longer live as a heterosexual man and eventually divorces Carol Lynn and sets out to develop a life as a gay man.  When the AIDS crisis hits, Gerald is affected and in the end, returns to the home he left.  (Note: this is not a spoiler, it’s all on the back of the book.)

Opinion: I thought it was a sad and depressing book.  I am not sure that I could do what the author did when she divorced her cheating husband amicably and then nursed him when he came crawling back dying.  I felt that Gerald was a very selfish man, and I honestly had difficulty sympathizing with him, but I felt that Carol Lynn was an admirable person in the way that she didn’t seem to harbor resentment for the way she had been treated.

Next book: A Girl Like You by Maureen Lindley


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