Amongst Fools and Fundamentalists

...don't worry about it.

by Jens Laursen-Schmidt

Amongst Fools and Fundamentalists... - Jens Laursen-Schmidt
ISBN: 978-87-972128-5-1
Pages: 442

Mathias Bastholm has never felt close to his family. His father, a former pastor, is dead after throwing himself from the church belltower, and his widowed mother is now an alcoholic, threatening to disown her son for coming out as gay. A prospective ear, nose, and throat doctor, Mathias simply wants to get on with his specialist training and marry his boyfriend, Kamal, as the two share a passionate connection that transcends their different cultural backgrounds.

However, just as the couple settle into a routine, establishing the foundations of their relationship while sharing a home and working at the same hospital in rural West Jutland, their lives are upended by tragedy. Although Mathias has reconciled himself to his mother’s estrangement, he and Kamal now find themselves building a different kind of family, forced to come to terms with a completely new plan for their future together.

But every marriage has its obstacles. Kamal, an Iranian immigrant still struggling with the Danish language, faces questions about his own identity, including how to reconcile his faith with his husband’s disdain for religion. Meanwhile, Mathias wrestles not only with conflicting emotions about his family but also with romantic temptations that could shake his relationship with Kamal.

In turns philosophical, absurdist, and romantic, Amongst Fools and Fundamentalists explores the meanings of family and love in a changing world.

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Pairings: M-M
Heat Level: 5
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 36-45
Protagonist 3 Age: Under 18
Tropes: Adopted Child, Alpha Character, Antihero, Big Character / Little Character, Blackmail, Cheating, (Hits) Close to Home, Cultural Differences, Death of Parent, Families/Raising Kids, Forbidden Love, Interracial Relationship, Most Mindblowing Sex Ever, Moral Failure, Queer Wedding, Uncommunicative Masculinity
Word Count: 135981
Setting: Denmark
Languages Available: English
Translators: Author

About the Author

Dane, husband, dad - soon granddad

Jens is Danish man, married to a British man for well over 22 years. We live in Denmark, where we have raised Jens's daughter who is now a fully fledged architect, and who in April will make us Granddad.

Jens' day job is working for Danish multinationals with global project management in the field sustainable energy - off shore windfarms.

Jens has always been a keen reader, more action adventure, crime and MM romance.

Jens has written two novels in Danish - the latest one has just come in English - Amongst Fools and Fundamentalists - a MM romance adventure book about what happens when a DINK couple sudden finds themselves as 'Dads/uncles/what ever'.

When not working, travelling for work and pleasure, house renovating, cat sitting, reading or writing, you can find Jens next to the runway of a far away airport photographing planes - favourite place is Osaka and Anchorage.


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