By Jeffrey Sotto
January 6 – 9
- Purchase link: https://mybook.to/CloudCover_Amazon
- Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56811092-cloud-cover
- Genre: Contemporary fiction, LGBTQ fiction
- Print length: 293 pages
- Age range: This is an adult book, but might be suitable for some mature teens age 16+
- Trigger warnings: Mental illness (eating disorder), death of a parent, brief episodes with explicit consensual sex, occasional profane language.
- Formats available for the Tour: all standard electronic formats (sorry, no paperbacks)
- Amazon Rating: 5*
About Cloud Cover
“Memory is my enemy. It never fails me, although I often wish it did.”
Working at a less-than-inspiring office job, Tony, a gay man struggling with grief and mental health issues centered around his body image, is about to turn 35. As this “cubicle daydreamer” takes steps to improve his situation, his life is turned upside down when he is drawn to a younger, flamboyant and free-spirited artist named Antonio. Will Tony successfully make a meaningful connection with Antonio despite their many differences? And how long can he hide the secret devastating to himself and to their relationship?
Part romance, part drama, part comedy and a raw portrait of disorder, Cloud Cover captures the experience of love and loss—of others and of oneself—amidst past trauma, modern expectations and resulting inner turmoil.
If you enjoyed the romance of Call Me by Your Name, the honesty of Chelsea Handler’s Life will be the Death of Me and the campy humour of RuPaul’s Drag Race, then pick up Cloud Cover today!
Praise for Cloud Cover
Cloud Cover was an Amazon Best Seller on release and has achieved several accolades:
- Best Indie Book Award (BIBA) LGBTQ Category 2020
- Independent Publisher (IPPY) Bronze Medal Book Award (IPPY) 2020
- Literary Titan Book Award 2020
Fascinating – an excellent read … I definitely couldn’t put it down … the book delves so much into the human experience in one fiction novel, so much that I could not believe this was Sotto’s first book.” ~Literary Titan
Heart wrenching. Raw. Funny. Brilliant. Jeffrey Sotto is a brave, new and relevant voice in gay literature. I read this poignant and exhilarating piece of soon to be gaylit masterpiece in one sitting. I ugly cried and bursted out laughing all throughout. The author dealt with difficult subjects ranging from grief, homophobia to mental illness with compassion and wisdom. One of the best reads I’ve had in a long, long time. Amazon review
This is an astonishingly beautiful book, tracing the struggle of a thirty-something Filipino to confront his past, his mental health, himself – and love.
He’s gay – doesn’t matter if you’re not, you’ll still know what love feels like. He’s bulimic – doesn’t matter if you’re not, you’ll have your own demons you’ve fought with or still fight with. The book is set very firmly in a particular time and place and culture, and not one I know well, but its call is universal. The writing is simple, limpid, confident. It’s a book that takes you by the hand and pulls you into its main character’s life, and makes you stay with him, inside his head, until the last page closes. A huge achievement. Its prizes are well earnt. This will naturally be a classic of gay literature, but it should also be a classic of its century (Amazon Review)
About the Author
Jeffrey Sotto graduated from The University of Toronto, majoring in Film Studies and English Literature. He was the screenwriter and script consultant of the Canadian short films The Tragedy of Henry J. Bellini (2010) and Sara and Jim (2009), respectively.
Cloud Cover, his first novel published in 2019, won a Best Indie Book Award (BIBA) for LGBTQ Fiction, an Independent Publisher Bronze Medal Book Award (IPPY), and a Literary Titan Book Award. It also briefly topped the Amazon bestseller list in LGBTQ fiction upon release.
He published his second novel, The Moonballers: A Novel about The Invasion of a LGBTQ2+ Tennis League … by Straight People (GAY GASP!) in Spring 2022.
Jeffrey is also an advocate for mental health and eating disorder awareness and recovery, having shared his story on CBC Radio, Global News, and Sheena’s Place. He is currently a peer mentor at Eating Disorders Nova Scotia (EDNS). He will be contributing to the anthology Queering Nutrition and Dietetics: LGBTQ+ Reflections on Food Through Art, to be released in December 2022. Finally, in 2023, he will be appearing in the docuseries Wicked Bodies by Truefaux Films, which focuses on fostering positive culturally competent engagement in treatment and support centres, universities, and non-profit programs working with LGBTQ+ groups with disordered eating and body dysmorphia.
He is a self-proclaimed “cubicle dreamer,” tennis addict, and compulsive social media duckfacer.
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