Sebastian Hart has dealt with a lifetime of goodbyes. And now, a year after his husband Frank’s death, the forty-year-old Broadway chorus boy still blames himself. After all, Sebastian started the argument that night over one of Frank’s former date items, someone younger than Sebastian who still wanted Frank.
Challenged by his best friend, the quirky ex-Rockettes dancer Chloe, Sebastian struggles toward his dream of becoming a choreographer and grapples with romantic feelings for Reid, a new student in his tap class.
Ultimately, Sebastian begins to wonder whether it’s his imagination, or not, that Frank’s ghost is here, warning him that he daren’t move on with another love. He questions the truth: Is death really the final goodbye?
“Ricard offers a thoughtful debut novel . . . The narrative is endearing and impressively assured, and it will be an entertaining treat for fans of LGBT romantic fiction.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A magical, witty, and endearing story that taps deeply into your heart.”—Casey Nicholaw, Tony-award winning Director-Choreographer of The Book of Mormon, Aladdin, and Something Rotten!
Russell Ricard is a veteran musical theater performer who’s appeared in regional, national, and international productions and on Broadway. He received his MFA in creative writing from The New School. The Truth About Goodbye is his debut novel. He lives in Forest Hills, NY, with his husband, cat, and a lovingly supportive stand-up desk named Ruth. You can visit his website at russellricard.com or find him on Twitter @russellricard.