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  • Hardcover: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing; First Edition edition (Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156512250X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565122505
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,240,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By middleway on 27 Dec 2003
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This is an exquisite book, that is beautifully written. It spares the usual gay lit cliches and deals with a lot of issues that most gay men have to manage through. Parts are very touching. Highly recommended.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Oct 1999
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Well all I can say is that everyone should read this book. I read it in a day and I just didn't want it to end. It is never mawkish. It just fills the reader with hope. Ford and Dan should become gay literature's golden couple. love wins through inspite of heartache, disappointment and fear. Read it and weep. Literally.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By G P Osgood on 2 Jan 2005
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I agree with every word written by the previous reviewers. I discovered Jim Grimsley when a friend urged me to read "Dream Boy" (highly recommended, by the way); I enjoyed it so much that I just had to get hold of more of Grimsley's stuff. The result was that I bought "Comfort & Joy" at the beginning of 2004. I've read it twice so far - the second time just before Christmas - and I can't praise it highly enough. The characterisation is so vivid: I really do feel that I KNOW (and love) Dan and Ford and that I could almost step into the pages of the story and talk to them. Grimsley makes me care about them passionately. I want them to stay together forever. I was particularly touched by the Christmas that Dan and Ford spend with Dan's family. So much emotion - and so skilfully handled by Grimsley.
Like other reviewers I was consumed by the story and yet I didn't want to finish the book; so, silly as it might sound, I actually tried to slow down my reading to make it last longer! I'd certainly love to see a sequel. As it is I've been recommending "Comfort & Joy" to all my friends.
Graham O
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 July 1999
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Grimsley has given us a superb, tender and genuine portrayal of homosexual love with its pains, fears, struggles and ultimate hope of fulfilment: all of this very powerfully written. Dan and Ford are flesh and blood and what you see is what you get. Well almost for the characters reveal themselves slowly and with great agony of soul. Especially so for Ford the rich intern from Savannah who struggles,fears and torments over his love for Dan. And the reader agonizes with them. Fictional or real these people are a gift to those whose lives they touch. I found myself yelling and screamng for Ford to seize the day and Dan to deposit the money issue at the local bank. Thanks Mr. Grimsley! A wonderful piece of literature. Beautifully written indeed. I read it so fast I had to reread it in order to catch the flashbacks: all in three days.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Walker on 23 Nov 2004
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One word - fantastic. I really didn't want to finish this book, so I had to limit my reading to make it last longer! I'm really hoping that there is a sequal on the way, as I got so involved in the characters and storylines, and I just want to know that everything works out for Ford and Dan. I just seemed to be able to relate to everything. I only normally get this involved in EastEnders! Whilst waiting for a sequal I'll just have to comfort myself by re-reading the book. My advice - take your time and enjoy it!
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Format: Paperback
Rarely have I read such an absorbing novel which lifted my spirits and was so addictive.The two main characters, Ford and Dan struggle within themselves, between themselves and with their families to reach a loving union. Jim Grimsley's writing is full of beautiful descriptions of their emotional interactions and of the locations in which the story unfolds. Comfort and Joy would be an ideal read for any parent who was unsure about the gay lifestyle for a son or daughter.

.....'At moments if he could have remembered it, Dan understood that their best place was this silence. Ford could love him more easily without words, merely with his presence. Words created the future, exacerbated problems, raised barriers between them. But in the silence of Ford's sleep, Dan could love him easily; in the stillness of Ford's rest , Dan could adore him without question or fear.'

Comfort and Joy would make a delightful film... but until that ever happens, buy this novel and enjoy!
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