BookView Review: Jayne and the Average North Dakotan by Chandler Myer

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Publication Date: January 21, 2023

Publisher: Atmosphere Press

Genre: Fiction, LGBTQ

ISBN: 978-1-63988-699-9

List Price: $18.99 USD Trade Paperback

Page Count: 332

Audience: Adult

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A small-town gay accountant navigates his new reality after moving to Washington, DC, in Myer’s delightful and deliciously readable debut novel. 32-year-old gay accountant Randy Larson has never set foot outside North Dakota. But when his parents die unexpectedly, Randy moves to Washington, DC, to begin a new life. The six-foot, nine-inch, sensational drag queen, Jayne Mansfield, immediately takes him under her wing, teaching him the ways of city life. But is Randy really ready for a new life? Throughout the course of the story, Randy undergoes realistic, engrossing, and meaningful growth as he struggles with making decisions, fosters new relationships, takes unexpected risks, experiences romance, and eventually becomes his own person. He is the main protagonist, but it is Jayne, with his lively energy, irresistible charm, and empathetic nature, who steals the show. Myer’s writing is tremendously joyful, imparting both charm and lightheartedness to the story. The tightly controlled pacing allows readers to become fully invested in the characters’ lives. Veteran readers will see the final twist coming, but the conclusion is still satisfying (and heartwarming). Throughout, Myer explores relevant issues of coming-out, the power of love, familial ties, friendship, and self-discovery. An engaging and deeply entertaining story with a romance that will make fans of gay fiction swoon.


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