Isadoro left for the military when they were both eighteen and took a piece of Iván with him. It was as inevitable as the baking sun and sandy winds of those lands. Iván didn't know how to fight it.
This story also contains very explicit scenes of a sexual nature.
iendship. The heat between them has always been undeniable, and now it scorches through them.
Isadoro and Ivan grew up together and spent their youth together. When Isadoro returns after leaving the military, Isadoro is not the same. The changes in him are to be expected after serving in the war, but it still rattles Ivan. Over the years, they would see each other from time to time. And each time, Ivan saw Isadoro changing more and more. At one point, during the years, Ivan was actually expecting to see none of the old Isadoro eventually. He actually feared that even is his body came back, his soul wouldn't.
When he does come home, the changes are drastic. It is clear to Ivan that whatever trauma Isadoro has suffered is quiet and deep. And, unfortunately, he is correct.
As Isadoro and Ivan rekindle the sexual side of their relationship, it is to help Isadoro start to find the sexual side of himself again, with someone he trusts. Of course, neither one bothers to confess their true feelings to the other. Neither confesses that they feel alone when the other isn't around.
One beautiful side part of this story is the artwork. The descriptions of the artwork are poetic. And it is during this part that Ivan is told to know his '"worth and charge accordingly.'" This line just stuck with me. What a wonderful piece of advice.
As for the art show itself, wow, just wow! I don't want to spoil this for anyone, but it is just wonderful, touching and emotional.
One of the main themes in this story is the effects of war and PTSD. It is definitely not easy to read any of these parts. The author does a fantastic job of writing Isadoro's PTSD in a raw and realistic manner.
I absolutely love this book and highly recommend it!