WILD PLUM AT NIGHT
A Novel of Betrayal
By Jamie Wheelas
"Wheelas' plot has been done in books and films before, but without the gay twist he gives it. Handsome, bright, good, sensitive Martine dePaul grows up in one of America's wealthiest families. His demanding father never praises him and wants him to go into the family business. His mother tries to provide the love missing in his life. Although popular and successful at a posh eastern school, his only solace comes from attending mass each day. Instead of going into the family business, he becomes a priest and asks for a parish in a poverty-stricken New Mexico community. And there he breaks his vow of celibacy with the 19-year-old son of the richest ranch family around--a hedonist who is the foil to Martine's Christ-like character. Although its tone is almost as arty as its plot is familiar, this gay version of 'The Thorn Birds' is redeemed by setting Martine's struggle-with-self against New Mexico's natural beauty and its poor people's struggle for survival." (BOOKLIST)
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Martine DePaul, a brilliant young priest, turns his back on a powerful and wealthy family’s privileged world to become parish priest of an impoverished Indian pueblo church near Santa Fe, New Mexico. Caught in a relationship with a young male hedonist, the devoted but naïve cleric is seduced into breaking his vow of celibacy. Devastated, Martine feels he must leave the priesthood. Into this struggle, played out against the timeless beauty of one of America’s oldest cities, steps a benevolent archbishop who offers a solution to Martine’s agony.
The author has spent most of his life in New Mexico. He was educated in France and has pursued careers in both literature and history.
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