BRENT: THE HEART READER is the 2012 winner of the Gay Book Hall of Fame.
Here at Mystic Ways Books, we are giddy (and a little frightened) to let you know that Wynn Wagner’s Brent: the Heart Reader has been inducted into the Gay Book Hall of Fame.
We’re a little frightened by this because Dr. Wagner’s already got a big head, and this isn’t going to be shrinking it.
This is what the GBHoF said about Dr. Wagner and Brent:
Brent the Heart Reader
In the Gay Book Hall of Fame
Wynn Wagner’s books are always deceptively easy to read, and they are usually funny or irreverent. They are deeper and stronger than you might think at first. He has an affinity for first person narratives.
What makes his novels important for the LGBT world is that they are always about empowerment. If there is a bully, you can assume he or she will end up getting bullied. Sissies are the tough guys.
Although he is a retired archbishop in the Old Catholic Church, many of his novels deal with the hegemony of organized religion run amuck.
In Brent: The Heart Reader, Wagner takes on adoption. The narrator was adopted by a right wing evangelical family that hates queers. If you guessed that family members take a few licks, you’d be what we call correctamundo. Along the way, the narrator falls in love with a full-blooded Sioux. Brent has to learn and grow as others look to him for wisdom and strength.
Brent is for mature audiences.