Comfort & Joy

Comfort & Joy

A Novel

Book - 1999
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Workman Press.
Ford McKinney leads a charmed life: he's a young doctor possessing good looks, good breeding, and money. He comes from an old Savannah family where his parents, attentive to his future, focus their energies on finding their son--their golden boy--a girl to marry. But how charmed is this life when Ford's own heart suspects that he is not meant to spend his life with a woman? His suspicions are confirmed when he meets Dan Crell.

Dan is a quiet man with a great voice. Behind the tempered facade of the shy hospital administrator is a singer who can transform a room with his soaring voice, leaving his listeners in awe and reverence. Ford catches one such Christmas concert and his life is never quite the same; he is touched in a place he keeps hidden, forbidden. When Ford and Dan begin to explore the limits of their relationship, Dan's own secrets are exposed--and his mysterious and painful childhood returns to haunt him.

In Comfort and Joy Jim Grimsley finds a marriage between the stark and stunning pain of his prize-winning Winter Birds and the passion of critically acclaimed Dream Boy. In this, his fourth novel, he considers pressing questions. How does a man reconcile the child he was raised to be with the man that he truly is? What happens when an adult has to choose between his parents and a lover?

Baker & Taylor
Ford McKinney, a gay doctor, dreads going home for the holidays, where his wealthy parents have picked out a prospective wife and he must face the difficult task of telling them he has fallen in love with Dan Crell, a hospital administrator from a poor background

Blackwell North Amer
Young. Handsome. Rich. Doctor. Quite a dream boy, Ford McKinney is the perfect catch. Ford's family wants him home for the holidays. They have picked out a girl for him to marry. But Ford has news, too: he's fallen for an administrator at the hospital, a man by the name of Dan Crell.
To complicate things further, Dan and Ford come from opposite sides of the tracks. Dan's mother lives in a trailer at the edge of a cemetary where she is the caretaker; Ford's family lives in the best house on the best street of Savannah. Dan's mother knows her son well, knows that he will never marry, and she just wants to see him happy, and loved. To Ford even the idea of telling his family about his relationship seems impossible. Sometimes he can't believe it himself. And wouldn't you know it's Christmas when these two families reveal their true natures.

Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781565122505
Characteristics: 291 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Comfort and joy


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