I know I did a story-by-story wander through Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction when it first came along back in 2009 - and can we just take a moment to be stunned that that was four years ago? But if you click that link there, you'll see a publication date of this month - for the audiobook.
I had no idea!
I'm a huge lover of the audiobook. For one, reading in a moving vehicle makes me want to hurl cookies almost as much as listening to Sarah Palin, but for another, there's just something about someone reading to you. Also, I like listening to books while I do the laundry or the dishes, and I find I enjoy - and absorb - more when I listen to nonfiction books (especially biographies) rather than eye-reading them.
The reader who does this version of Fool for Love is so far charming the heck out of me. I've listened to a few of the tales, ergo today's Short Story 365 of...
"Thai Angel," by David Puterbaugh
I already knew I loved this story from the first time I got to read it back in 2009. In fact, I originally said What a start! The wit in the dialog made me laugh out loud, which has always been a test for me of how much I've been sucked into the story. The characters are colorful and charming. He especially captures the "joy" of an older sister's tendency to meddle in the love life of her younger brother vividly. All that, and there's still a warm and snug little love story tucked inside that made me smile and think just how good a ride this book was going to be. 'Thai Angel' is the perfect way to begin. Those crafty editors, they know what they do.
Added to the above, I'll say this: having this story performed by Roman M. Wagar added a whole new level. His voice-acting for Mali (the older sister) and the mother was phenomenal. I laughed out loud all over again - which, given the reality of listening to an audiobook on the bus - was likely amusing to my fellow passengers. Or annoying. One of those.
It was a joy to listen to this and to start revisiting the stories of that first anthology all over again.