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SUMMER SHORTS BY JASON SALERNO

AUTHOR HANS HIRSCHI (MIDDLE) WITH HUSBAND ALEX AND SON SASCHA

SHORTS: Stories From Beneath the Rainbow is peppered with characters not usually written about in gay fiction. There is a dried up spinster, a Navajo dyke, a completely unfiltered twink, a Somali refugee who experiences his first same-sex kiss and a transgendered doctor. Every story looks at LGBTQ life from a different angle and perspective. Collectively, they are meant to show the humanity of the community and how, like heterosexuals, queer people struggle with self-esteem, fall in love, help others and fight to survive even the harshest of realities. It’s the latest work from Hans Hirschi, the author behind the gay fiction darlings, Willem of the Tafel and Living The Rainbow: A Gay Family Triptych. Hirschi is known in gay literary circles as “The Queen of Unconventional Happy Endings” which is why his latest project is

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raising eyebrows. In SHORTS: Stories From Beneath the Rainbow, several stories end not so happily. Hans Hirschi explains. For the first time, you’ve written several stories that end sadly. Why? Hans Hirschi: The format of the short story is different than a novel. In shorts, we merely get a glimpse at someone’s life for a bit, and then we leave them to their life. There is always the possibility that the next chapter in their story will be better. Stories do remain, as a whole, very hopeful. I’m an optimist. I do believe in a better future for humankind, although it seems naïve, especially after Pulse Nightclub. But if we don’t

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