- Published: January 05, 2021
- Published: January 05, 2021
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- Published: March 07, 2023
Fans of T.S. Eliot and Moonlight will love this highly recommended book. (Screencraft)
“Oh my God, this book. This book . . . drop everything you’re doing and start flipping pages right now.” —Tissie, Bookshelves & Teacups blog
The extraordinary career and devastating life of T.S. Eliot.
T.S. Eliot is a hollow man trapped in a dreary world. He works at a bank, a slave to the clock, the same routine, day after day. While London’s elite enjoy a Great Gatsby lifestyle and poets like Robert Frost are rock stars, attracting thousands of fans to each reading, Mr. Eliot walks past life, peering at it through cracks or around corners. Only in his imagination does the world drip with color.
Then one day he comes across Jack, an out and proud gay man being badly beaten, and something compels him to intervene. Life will never be the same.
Jack introduces Mr. Eliot to the gay underground of early twentieth-century London and to feelings Mr. Eliot had crammed down and locked away. And with freedom comes poetry. Extraordinary poetry that takes London by storm. But as Mr. Eliot’s fame increases, pressure for conformity does as well. Religious intolerance, fascism’s increasingly popular message of traditional values, and the allure of untold success present him with a decision that could have devastating consequences.
The Wasteland is the untold story of T.S. Eliot, his secret struggle with being gay, the people left in the wake of his meteoric career trajectory, and the madness that helped produce his greatest work.
“For poetry lovers and thrill seekers. The ride through the mind of a mad literary genius will leave you dazed and confused and highly entertained.” —Mary Wollstonecrafty, Amazon reviewer
“Wow! This is an amazing book...wholly original. Briskly paced, page-turning action.” —Screencraft
“This is a wild, wild poetic ride. If you’re an Eliot fan (especially if you know why he used the middle initial), read this book. If you’ve always wondered about dear Tom, read this book!” —Julie B., Amazon reviewer
“The writing is lyrical and colorful, but clearly still prose (for anyone who shies away from poetry), and the story is engaging and captivating, occasionally fantastical and trippy, and explores the pressure to conform to societal norms.” —Amazon reviewer
"Strained from historical fact, The Wasteland is a fictionalized glimpse into the conflicted mind of T. S. Eliot."Danielle Ballantyne, ForeWord Magazine
Charles Green, Gay & Lesbian Review
"The novel has a rhythmic, poetic style, including much rhyming, which works well as an intense look inside Eliot’s conflicted mind . . . The Wasteland offers an inventive, albeit highly speculative, unmasking of the deeply reserved, guarded poet."
Jackie Drohan, Historical Novel Society
"The style is self-consciously poetic, presumably in homage to Eliot himself, and at times borders on self-indulgence. But when contrasted with the plaintive realism of its subject matter, it works. A readable and compelling novel that will be of most interest to readers who already know Eliot’s work."
"The Wasteland captures the beauty of Eliot's language, the singular eccentricity of his contemporaries (Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, etc.), and the richness of his personal story. A story that feels as relevant today as ever."Midwest Book Review
Liam Anthony, Independent Book Review
"Give me a group of famous poets sharing a room any day . . .The Wasteland is a treat for readers interested in poetry and history. But it’s also an eye-opening foray into LGBTQ history and the unequivocal torture and social exclusion people faced due to their sexuality."
"frequently poetic . . . stunning imagery . . ."Des, Get_lit_erature
"The Wasteland is a solid 4.5-star read, that I would recommend with all my heart."Lala, Daily Dose of Books