A Passionate Engagement is both a love story and a story of political activism. In this remarkable memoir, Ken Harvey (award-winning author of If You Were With Me Everything Would Be All Right) reveals his own experience of coming out as a gay man, of meeting and falling in love with the man who would become his husband, and of growing into a social and political activist. Much of the story is filled with the kind of sensitive writing that Harvey demonstrated in his earlier work, but this book also shows a different side as he moves from the fictional to non-fictional, as he puts himself bluntly in the middle of the conflict. As the book progresses, the reader moves with Harvey from outside observer to inside participant of the political struggle for same-sex marriage. His shift is significant, and a reader can’t help but be moved along with him. This is a timely and important book, one that puts a truly human face onto this important social movement.
“POWERFUL”and “MOVING” –The Boston Sunday Globe
“a seamless fusion of politics and the personal…” — Philadelphia Gay News
“With this memoir, (Harvey) not only speaks for himself, but gives voice to each person still searching for a native tongue.” –V. Jo Hsu, Green Mountains Review
Selected for the American Library Association’s Rainbow Book List. Chosen by WGBH’S GREATER BOSTON as a SUMMER READ
Ken Harvey’s work has been published in over 20 literary magazines His book of short stories, IF YOU WERE WITH ME EVERYTHING WOULD BE ALL RIGHT (Pleasure Boat Studio, 2000), won the Violet Quill Award for Best Gay Fiction of the Year and was named one of the “twenty books of note” by The Lambda Literary Review. The book was also translated into Italian and received enthusiastic reviews in Italy. One of the stories in the collection was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Ken has read his work on On Point, a program on National Public Radio, and is a frequent book reviewer for Edge Publications. When not working on his own writing, he teaches a fiction-writing workshop in Cambridge, MA. He lives in Boston and Toronto with his husband. For more on Ken Harvey, as well as upcoming events and teaching, http://www.kenharvey.net