Saturday, June 1, 2013

Review: Alma's Will by Anel Viz

Alma's Will by Anel Viz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Remove those rose tinted lenses when reading this. This is not one for the fainthearted. Anel Viz has created a real story that graphically shows what bigotry can do to the young.

An old woman's dying wish to turn her house into a safe home for troubled gay teenagers stirs up painful memories and bitter resentments, but also leads to tearful reunions and--someday, perhaps--to healing.

Livia Redding returns to Macon, Georgia, with her husband and children after her mother's death to settle her estate. She is shocked and offended to hear that the will stipulates that her house be used as a safe home for gay teenagers rejected by their families. Against her husband's better judgment, Liv decides to contest it and stay on in Georgia with their children.

But her mother had a reason for making the bequest: her son, Ronnie, who disappeared a
quarter-century ago, after his father threw him out of the house because he was gay.

Ooooh! The cussing going amok in my brain while reading this. I just wanted to rip out the throats off some of the bigoted characters here. And then some.

Anel Viz did not create a romantic story here where two main characters meet, get electrified for their  attraction, or cry out their mating for one and all to see.


This is more like an in-your-face MM story that focuses on what bigotry and hatred can do and are continuing to do to our youth. This is a story on how the LGBTQ community can stand up and help each other.

I had once written that the plight of the LGBTQ youth is so filled with angst and suffering that it is quite easy for us to read and support the MM genre and say we are supporters. What these men and women are going through is so painful that it is hard to comprehend. I find it hard to comprehend still.

It is great that organizations like the It Gets Better Project have some really great and out-there supporters like Bill Clinton, Adam Lambert, Elton John, Ellen Degeneres and Sting just to name a few. In Alma's Will, there are none of these popular personas, just everyday people who are doing their best to fight it out for the displaced youth.

As a mother of two, I cannot imagine throwing out a child, for any reason. I mean, I can get mad, I can lecture, I can guide, but no way can I think of pushing them out. Heck! I cannot even imagine any of my dogs going without food twice or three times a day, much else my kids! That's just plain crazy.

Anel Viz shows that it does happen and more than that, it continues to happen.

I like stories like these: it wakes me up from my lazy couch and gets me up to do something, like donate to the projects that support the gay community, especially its youth.

Bravo Mr. Viz, for that wake up call. Thank you!

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1 comment:

  1. Awesome review for an excellent story. Alma's Will is definitely not a story for the faint of heart, but it is one that, as you said, wakes up those of us who are supporters of the LGBTQ community.

    As a mother of four, now adult, children there were times that I wondered what to do, but throwing any one of them out was never even a blip on my radar. This is such a hot button topic for me that I cannot remain coherent when I think about people who do so.

    We do need to be reminded that this does happen far too often—and once is too often, IMO—and Alma's Will is such an eye-opener. But it's not all heartbreak, and for that I breathed a huge sigh of relief.