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.
Fearlessly touching on today’s social and mental health issues, Suanne Laqueur explores how a single act of violence reverberates through a circle of college friends.
The Man I Love
The man is Erik “Fish” Fiskare, a student of technical theatre at a Philadelphia university. At twenty-two, he is the lover and soul mate of Daisy Bianco, a beautiful and talented ballerina. His best friend is William Kaeger, Daisy’s charismatic, free-spirited partner.
While deeply in love with Daisy and astonished by their physical passion, Erik is fascinated by Will’s bisexuality. But when Will embarks on a disastrous affair, it pushes Erik’s tolerance and trust to the limit. The young stagehand 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.
Give Me Your Answer True
In The Man I Love, Erik Fiskare’s journey of love, recovery and forgiveness captivated hearts but also left questions unanswered. Now Daisy Bianco has a chance to tell her story.
It’s been three years since a single lapse of judgment cost Daisy the love of her life. While building her career as a professional dancer in New York City, she must separate her evolution as an adult from the unresolved guilt and grief of her youth. Years pass and she builds a beautiful life filled with dance and friends. Lovers come and eventually go, leaving her on her own with the old thought: Come back to me.
Here to Stay
Love is never so sweet as when it receives a second chance. In the sequel to her award-winning novel The Man I Love, Suanne Laqueur continues the story of Erik Fiskare’s romance with Daisy Bianco. 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 faith does it take to ask the question, “Do you still want me?” and believe in the reply: “I still want us.”
Erik and Daisy commit to creating a new life together. They are separated by geography, loyal to career commitments and burdened with lingering pain from a decade spent apart. Yet despite the challenges, Erik knows Daisy is the best thing to happen to him twice.
The Ones That Got Away
Author Suanne Laqueur gives her readers an intimate, guided tour of the award-winning novel, The Man I Love. From the embryonic chapters written over twenty years ago to scenes cut from the final draft, you’ll witness the crafting of an emotional journey and the evolution of the beloved characters within The Fish Tales.
“A new kind of romance, well-crafted and intelligently written. Suanne Laqueur deftly explores what it means to be vulnerable, resilient, and human.”
“An intelligent, perfectly-pitched modern romance. NOT your typical boy meets girl, but a story of first love and how people handle extreme situations.”
“Laqueur looks love, sex, depression, and PTSD in the face and calls them by name. An astounding emotional journey of forgiveness and recovery.”