Query Saturday: No. 1 Brokeback 1919
Inspired by the Fangs, Fur and Fantasy Query festival, we are offering up the first of who knows how many queries for Query Saturday. The query is anonymous. Anyone is welcome to comment. Published authors may do so under their own name or anonymously. Readers, though, the way that I look at it is this: If this were on the back of a book, would you buy it? If you would, what interests you? If not, what would make you pick it up?
I’m attaching my 115,000-word manuscript, Whistling in the Dark, for your consideration. The story is a romance set in 1919, about two men who survive the war, to find themselves struggling to cope with life in the aftermath.
Sutton Albright survives a brief stint in the Great War, but comes home with an injury which derails his hoped-for career as a concert pianist. Returning to college, he becomes entangled in an affair with a teacher and after refusing to reveal the man’s name, is expelled from school. Believing his father will try to dictate his future if he goes home, he runs to
While fighting overseas, Jack Bailey loses his parents to influenza. He hopes to save his family’s failing novelty shop by starting a program on the radio, a new medium on the brink of becoming something more than a novelty, itself. When Sutton loses his job, Jack gives him a place to stay. Sutton takes up the piano again to play on the radio for Jack. As Jack and Sutton’s feelings for each other grow, Jack fears he will lose a homesick Sutton to his family back in