The Man I Love, by Suanne Laqueur
Book 1 of The Fish Tales
Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance
18+ for sexual situations, violence and moderate drug use.
Can be read as a standalone.
“Like it or not, she made you the man you are. And you never got over her. You just left.”
April 19, 1992: A man with a gun walks into a university theater, intent on stopping the show. Erik “Fish” Fiskare watches from the lighting booth as his life is instantly and irrevocably changed.
Spanning fifteen years, The Man I Love explores how a single act of violence reverberates through a circle of college friends. At the circle’s center is Erik and his girlfriend, Marguerite “Daisy” Bianco. Her love, passion and pragmatic strength have always sustained Erik, but when she succumbs to post-traumatic stress, the young couple is torn apart.
Erik remains estranged from Daisy into his adulthood. He builds a satisfying life, yet he’s haunted by the lingering bond of his soul mate. Soon Erik must face the past and answer the question: is leaving the end of loving?
Fearlessly touching on today’s social and mental health issues, The Man I Love follows Erik’s journey back to the truth of himself and a woman he can’t forget. With its gripping story and an unforgettable cast of characters, this epic novel of love and forgiveness lingers long after the last page is turned.
2015 Readers’ Favorite Award – Gold Medal, Realistic Fiction
2015 Feathered Quill Awards—Gold Medal, Best Debut Author; Silver Medal, Adult Fiction.
2015 Kindle Book Awards – Finalist, Romance
“Laqueur’s prose is solid and vivid.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Astounding. This is the book you read when you want to jump heads and live another life or when you want to submerge yourself into another reality, blood, guts and all.”
— Emma Scott, author of RUSH, How To Save a Life, and Full Tilt
“This writer has the remarkable ability to shake each scene until it bleeds… This is one of those stories that will stay with you long after you finish the last page.”
— Mary Frame, author of The Imperfect Series
“I believe the very essence of a blockbuster story happens before the author has put pen to paper. The premise percolates as a memory and its calling haunts the subconscious. When the plot finally rises above the subconscious, so has the time come to write and a gifted writer knows the moment. This is who Ms. Laqueur is: a truly gifted writer connected to the words she writes.”
— Diane Lunsford, Feathered Quill Book Reviews
“Five stars. The Man I Love by Suanne Laqueur joins the handful of truly spectacular books I’ve read this year. The writing is gorgeous, each passage has a sort of rhythm that flows beautifully, drawing you deeper and deeper into Daisy and Erik’s story.”
— Readers’ Favorite Book Awards (gold medal, Realistic Fiction)
“An affirmation of the transformative power of love, a conduit to getting lost in an intricate landscape of intimacy, and a masterfully crafted reminder that life is not a dress rehearsal.”
— Underground Book Reviews
“Absolutely breathtaking… With its unique plotline and utterly exquisite writing, this is the kind of story you feel deep in your heart and that’ll stay with you long after you finish reading.”
— Aestas Book Blog
“As intense, angsty, tumultuous and heartbreaking as a beautiful epic love story gets. Absolutely addicting. Laqueur is one of the most eloquent authors I have ever read.”
— Maryse’s Book Blog
Fish Tales Series Synopsis
The Fish Tales trilogy follows the extraordinary love story of Erik “Fish” Fiskare and Marguerite “Daisy” Bianco. When they meet in college, she is an aspiring ballet dancer and he is learning the behind-the-scenes art of stagecraft. Their love affair is set at the center of a circle of friends, bound by creativity and artistry. Then a shocking act of violence on their campus tears the circle apart and leaves Erik estranged from Daisy for over ten years. The series follows Erik and Daisy’s parallel journeys, exploring the effect one traumatic event in their youth has on their lives and how they choose to deal with the experience as adults.
Book 1, The Man I Love follows Erik “Fish” Fiskare over a 15-year period, in an emotional journey back to the truth of himself and a woman he can’t forget. During college, he falls deeply in love with a dancer named Daisy Bianco. Their passionate, soulful relationship is destroyed after they witness a murder on campus. The trauma tears apart their circle of friends and leads to bitter estrangement. Yet as he moves into adulthood, Erik is haunted by the past and the things he left unfinished. Did he ever get over Daisy? Or did he just leave? He soon discovers that in the face of heartache, grief and betrayal, love is not always enough to make you stay. And sometimes, it’s the only thing that can bring you back.
The Man I Love received a gold medal in Realistic Fiction at the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.
Book 2, Give Me Your Answer True inverts the narrative and tells the story from the POV of Erik’s girlfriend, Daisy Bianco, answering the questions the reader was left with at the end of The Man I Love. Rather than a rehash of the same exact events, the focus is on the years she is estranged from Erik—with some flashbacks—and her own journey as she takes responsibility for the mistakes of her youth without letting them define the woman she is evolving into.
Give Me Your Answer True received a gold medal in Realistic Fiction at the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.
The third book, Here to Stay, follows Daisy and Erik into the next phase of their lives together. Though separated for twelve years, the extraordinary bond forged in their youth has endured. But when your soulmate has caused you indescribable pain, how easy is it to forgive? How much trust is needed to place your heart back into the hands that once broke it? How much faith does it take to ask the question, “Do you still want me?” and believe in the reply: “I still want us.”
A former professional dancer and teacher , Suanne Laqueur went from choreographing music to choreographing words. Her books fall between romantic literature and literary romance, although she’s fond of saying, “I write Contemporary Train wreck.” Her emotionally-intelligent love/life stories prove to appeal to the passions of all readers, crossing gender, age and genre.
Laqueur’s novel An Exaltation of Larks won the Grand Prize in the 2017 Writer’s Digest Book Awards. Her novel The Man I Love won a gold medal in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards and a gold medal for Best Debut Author from Feathered Quill Book Awards.
Laqueur graduated from Alfred University with a double major in dance and theater. She taught at the Carol Bierman School of Ballet Arts in Croton-on-Hudson for ten years. An avid reader, cook and gardener, she started her blog EatsReadsThinks in 2010. She lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two children. Visit her on Facebook or at http://suannelaqueurwrites.com. All feelings welcome. And she always has coffee.
Suanne lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two children.
Visit her at suannelaqueurwrites.com
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All feels welcome. And she always has coffee
A good story absorbs you into another world, where you meet characters so believable, you’re pissed off you can’t call them to have coffee. Or take them to bed.
You don’t want just another “contemporary romance.” You don’t want a genre. You want a story that mirrors your longing. You want to see the unspoken words in your heart on the page. You want to be touched and validated. You want to be swept up in a love that erases the universe and sets you at the center of a new galaxy, where you don’t have to do a damn thing. But you’re no fool… You want it to be believable.
I want that, too. I want to write passionate but thoughtful love stories. I made up my own genre: I call it either emotionally intelligent romance or contemporary train wreck. Depending what kind of day it is.
Now come over here. Let me tell you a story.