A sophisticated and erudite novel, "Square Affair" is highly recommended for mature readers and documents Timmothy J. Holt as an especially gifted author who has deftly crafted a complex and highly entertaining literary work that is as thoughtful as it is thought provoking.
In the small Midwestern town of Dewers, among the turmoil of the 1960s, the conversations of five men leads to sexual exploration, which takes them and the town on a journey through good and evil that will change the entire community and confirm the town’s resolve to survive. Arrested on charges of public indecency for anonymous sex in the courthouse restroom, five men reveal complex, unknown, and differing motivations for their actions. As they face not only criminal prosecution, but also the tribunal of Dewers, two questions are on their minds: Who am I, and is anyone out there like me? Clara May and Frieda, guardians of Dewers gossip, narrate Square Affair, where the reader becomes a citizen of Dewers: walking the square, in a bar drinking, trick-or-treating, in a store buying a hat, or in a car gossiping.
This is a good novel about 1960s small town society—all of the small town prejudices are on display but we get to know each person as a human being. Being human in this time period, facing a way of being that is not familiar, comes with a very complicated view of someone being gay. Square Affair shows us how old and cold ways of viewing gay people are not just the stereotypical gay-hating robotic reactions.
Dust on the horizon appeared in the heat's mirage Grandpa, the only one looking said,something's coming never there 'less something's happening.