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Over Here by Jamie Craig
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During the WWII, Harvey and Zach were all for each other: fellow soldiers, friends, lovers. But then Harvey was badly injured and sent home and instead Zach had to spend another 20 months fighting and killing. Knowing that the man he loved was alive somewhere was enough for Zach to go on, but when nor a letter or a message arrived from Harvey, Zach though that his friend had moved on with his life, a life in which loving Zach was not allowed.

Ten years after, during the first official Veterans Day, Zach decides that he is tired to try to forget the only man he loves and goes to find Harvey to at least have his official goodbye. What he finds his a man who has never moved on, a man who waits for every day to pass without a reason. Harvey is not married, he has not a family, he is alone. When Harvey went in war 12 years before, he knew that he preferred men, but in his little town he never had any chance to find his love. He found him in Zach, and when he was sent back at home, he thought that it was his fate, and that Zach should remain only an happy memory. Harvey thinks it's not possible for two men to openly love and live together, and what they had in the cold night during the war is the only thing they could have.

Zach is not of the same idea, he lives in a city and not in a small town like Harvey, and he knows that, if they don't flaunt too much their real relationship, they can have an happy life together.

I like this story, it's really sweet and tender. There is the sad memory of the war, but it's a distant thing and weights more the love between Harvey and Zach rather than the violence and the death. And I like both characters, the introvert Harvey, always weighting the things, always cautious, but ready to open to love; and I like Zach, dominant but gentle, not impulsive, but sure of what he wants and strong enough to reach for it.

The story is not long, less than 70 pages, but it's right and complete in its shortness.

  elisa.rolle | Nov 2, 2008 |
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