Cam & Beau
By Maria Cichosz
Cam and Beau are best friends, roommates, and massive potheads. Life is sweet, except for one crucial thing: Cam will never get up the nerve to tell Beau Larky he's in love with him. Cam is a man of thought, not action, and would rather linger in doubt than risk losing the friendship. ... Read more
Cam and Beau are best friends, roommates, and massive potheads. Life is sweet, except for one crucial thing: Cam will never get up the nerve to tell Beau Larky he's in love with him. Cam is a man of thought, not action, and would rather linger in doubt than risk losing the friendship. That is, until the mysterious and unwelcome involvement of a mutual friend with an unshakable conviction that Beau reciprocates Cam's feeling and needs to be told the truth. Equal parts gonzo bromance and melancholy longing, Cam & Beau is a novel about unspoken knowledge between people, the parameters of seeing and not seeing, and what happens when familiar things are made strange.
Maria Cichosz is a novelist and scholar of art, theory, drug cultures, and the history of ideas. She holds a Ph.D. in Modern Thought & Literature from Stanford University. Maria's fiction and scholarship have appeared in Critique, The Puritan, and on the CBC Literary Awards shortlist, among other places. Cam & Beau is her first novel.
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A must read!!!
Cam and Beau is an ode to Toronto and the sexy, gritty energy of the city as experienced by the book's protagonists Cam and Beau; young, struggling stoners and lifelong buddies. The book is cinematic in its telling and scope, as the story pulls you along through the emotional highs and lows of the lovingly crafted characters who by the end feel like old friends. I keep coming back to moments in the book that uncannily feel like snapshots of my own life as a student in Toronto, filled with the electricity of knowing that anything and everything could happen here. At its core, Cam and Beau is a love story, tragic in a deep and aching way, but oh, so beautiful, real and compelling. The book has amazing moments of levity and joy, punctuated by gutting scenes of tense longing and heartache, and all the while you’re just praying that things will work out for the star crossed lovers. Cichosz brings theories of love and power to bear throughout the narrative in ways that bring to life the complexities of love, friendship and family and what happens when these roles overlap and bleed into one another. I was absolutely floored by this book and revisit it often. I can see the people and places so vividly, like I’ve lived the story myself. I want to read the sequel in the worst way and am already daydreaming about who I’d cast in the film adaptation. Cichosz is a powerful and thoughtful writer and this, her debut novel, is an absolute gem. Do yourself a big favour and get it now.