Title: The Opera House
Author: Hans M. Hirschi
Page Count/Review Word Count: 264
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
The Opera House was an interesting one – I’ve already read and enjoyed two other Hirschi novels, and I never know what to expect because each of them seems to have a personality of their own. Here, we follow the story of a gay man who’s still in mourning after the death of his young son, as he attempts to rebuild his life. Much of this relies on his friendship with a sixteen-year-old street kid called Brian, who disappears – Raphael, the protagonist, begins to see Brian as a second chance at redemption, and he grows determined to save him from a life of prostitution.
I recently interviewed Hans, and one of the questions I asked was whether he thinks he writes in any particular genre. Hans says that he mixes genres together and I’d agree, although I also agree with him when he said that, if anything, his work is more like contemporary literary fiction than anything else. Here, as with his other work, the protagonist is gay – that said, it doesn’t feel forced, and this isn’t a book that you only enjoy if you’re a gay man. There really is something here for everyone, and I also think that this is the author’s easiest read, at least from the books that I’ve read. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it, so what are you waiting for?