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Author: Fox, Julia G.
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Those who love the TV series Queer as Folk should revel in this autobiography written in the form of letters to the Russian male protagonist embroiled in a ménage à trois, with its sexually explicit details of a love shared between a woman and two men. The structure of the work is as whimsical as are some of Julia’s feelings about the relationship, which she describes at length. Despite some reference being made to the repressive practices of the East in relation to the greater freedom that is allowed in the West, LGBT speaking, the major focus of the work is on the daily ins and outs (literally) of the three lead characters. As such, it should appeal primarily to a young adult audience that is still exploring, and striving to come to terms with, its own sexuality.
About another of Fox’s works, Heartburn/Nausea, the author writes: ““I just wanted to take something bad and make it good. For myself – but also for anyone else that has been in a f***** up situation and then has to carry that weight around forever after. It's mainly about heartbreak and abusive, dysfunctional, codependent relationships.” In contrast to Heartburn/Nausea, the tone of And Then There Were Three: Sixty-Seven Letters to Sasha is generally positive. The letters range in length from a single paragraph to a few pages, and seem to have been arranged randomly, without much indication being given to where those involved are headed (the double entendres in this review seem unavoidable).
The more profound reflections that form a core feature of this work seem at times to be a diatribe that is directed against the condemnatory attitudes and mores of the broader society with which relationships such as this have to contend. Being counterpointed with the sexual explicitness of the text, And Then There Were Three is bound to rile the sensibilities of more traditional thinkers, so only the open-minded are likely to appreciate this work. However, for anyone in the LGBT community, this should prove to be an interesting and provocative read.