If Sol can just survive his last year of high school, he can escape his homophobic small town and go live with his Internet boyfriend for the summer. But when he loses his starting spot on the baseball team and converts to vegetarianism--a wolf, giving up meat!--his father threatens him with a hot, muggy summer working in the peach cannery unless he gets his act together. His teammates, who suspect his sexuality already, won't make it easy for him. But even with nobody on his side but his best friend Meg (who is even less popular than he is), the teenager finds answers and solace in an unlikely place: a 1901 book about a tragic gay romance in the bohemian district of Lutece, around the famed Moulin Rouge. Inspired by the spirit of the era, Meg and Sol share a glass of absinthe, with startling effect: Sol begins to dream that he is a cabaret dancer named Niki, offered a chance to escape his difficult life through romance--at the price of his beloved art of dance.
When the dreams seep into his waking life, Sol adds "going crazy" to his worries, and the problems of a couple that lived a hundred years ago to the ever-growing list of his own. To save both Niki and himself, Sol will have to learn the difference between reality and illusion, and discover what love and life mean to him. With a full color cover and interior illustrations by Rukis.
Green Fairy was written literally because I was invited to be a guest of honor at Furry Weekend Atlanta 2012. Their theme was the Moulin Rouge, and so I was trying to concoct a story that combined the South in the present day with the Moulin Rouge. I've always loved ghosts, and wanted to write something ambitious like Cloud Atlas, and so I spun out this three-part narrative that spans two different times and three different characters with separate voices, written in third-person past tense, first-person past tense, and third-person present tense. It's my favorite book (that I've written) to date.