Throwing Hearts is a magnificent stand-alone book by NR Walker.
There is so much to love about this accomplished tale. The author delves into the importance of discussing and respecting sexual boundaries. But most of all, it's the older men in this story who are the ones who fully carry this spectacular story.
The author excels in her exploration of how far things have come for the LGBT community. She explores both the older generation's inability to be open, as well as their inability to even understand themselves. Merrick's uncle Donny will definitely break your heart. Seventy years of not only hiding himself, but also being miserable, full of shame and fear. So damn sad, and so damn realistic for his generation.
As well, the author includes fantastic looks into pottery, both the techniques as well as the feelings the craft evokes.
The whole story is perfectly heartfelt and wonderfully developed. The ending is just perfect! The reader will fall in love with Leo and Merrick, as well as Clyde and Donny. It's a truly beautiful story that will leave the reader a better person for having read it.
Throwing Hearts is classic NR Walker. The characters will bring you fully into their lives, wrap you up in their love, and leave you completely satisfied in the end.