Jeremey Jerome meets Gary Silverman in Paris in unusual circumstances. As the connection between the two deepens, Jeremy learns about an encounter between his father, Rafael Jerome, and Gary Silverman in 1949. Learning about his father’s secrets in Hollywood, Jeremy sets out to uncover the whole truth, a journey that takes him across different cities and that brings about exciting encounters.
Rafael Jerome: A Novel by Tobias Maxwell is a novel with an irresistible appeal to fans of LGBTQ, a deftly plotted narrative with compelling dialogues and elaborately written characters. The author skillfully writes about how human actions can generate strong ripples in the lives of others; a moment of rape leaves a stigma in the soul. Same-sex attraction is skillfully written and Tobias Maxwell writes about these mature themes with a lot of respect. The author weaves suspense in the narrative by exploring the unrequited love that Jeremy has for Justin and Gary’s desire to capture Rafael’s attention. The novel delivers a lot of twists to keep the suspense brewing. The characters are first-rate, believable, and lovable. The world-building is inventive and Maxwell succeeds to capture the hearts of readers with the lively narrative voice and the relentless drama that fills the pages of this exciting story. While there is so much to love in this book, what kept me turning the pages is the gorgeous prose and the excellent storytelling.