Conquering Venus

ReadOut_ConqVenusby Collin Kelley
Vanilla Heart Publishing (

Martin is a young man not only trying to recover from his lover’s suicide, but trying to understand his strange dreams of an older woman. In an effort to distract himself, he agrees to chaperone an anything-but-ordinary high school trip to Paris, where he meets and falls in love with David, a young student. He also meets the “woman of his dreams,” an aging agoraphobic, and discovers they both have the same odd tattoo. His best friend, Diane, provides a wry commentary on both affairs. This stunning debut novel is everything—a poetic page-turner, a wonderful mystery, and a compelling story of self-realization. Bravo to Collin Kelly, an established poet whose prose sets a new standard.

Review: Angel Curtis


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