“Is anybody really monogamous?” That’s the question on the mind of Will, a 32-year-old graphic artist working at the bottom rung of a Boston ad agency using his artistic skill to promote juice drinks, while he secretly dreams of painting large canvases like his heroes Alphonse Mucha and Gustav Klimt.
He’s on the run from a broken heart, still feeling the sting of the break-up with his California girlfriend, who he loved, even though she also loved other women (which made him run all the way across the country). Now he’s back in his old hometown palling around with good time friends, but longing for some truer romance. When he meets the perfect girl at work, she invites him into an exotic arrangement, but he’s not sure he can keep up.
He’s cheered on by his drinking friend Declan, a local bar manager, a source of endless trouble, and it’s only his new best friend Helen who keeps his feet on the ground.
In this novel about love, sex and romance, the truth is revealed to look nothing like the storybook version, as Will is left to wonder: Is anybody really monogamous? And deep down, is he?
In this novel by “Official Stories” author Liam Scheff, you’re invited into a world that you’ll immediately recognize. In this fictionalized but semi-autobiographical account, we discover that true romance does not require exotic vacations, expensive hotel rooms, or movie-star looks or lines. It occurs without warning, at work, in cars and subways, in elevators and on bridges, at bars and parties, in apartments and on walks and talks with friends and lovers.
The book playfully takes on the controversial subjects of non-monogamy, threesomes, bisexuality, and more, in a loose, convivial atmosphere, allowing the reader to experience the thoughts and feelings of the characters, their doubts and insecurities, and the love that keeps them going, and coming back for more.
In Paperback in APRIL 2015
Reviews (Read More in T.a.L. Posts)
Can You Handle The Truth?
by Cari-Lee at Recipe for Anarchy
After all of the ridiculous hype over the 50 Shades fiasco, myself, along with many others put a cry out for something a lot more real for us to digest in the realm of truth, sex and intimacy. Something that wasn’t degrading, self-loathing or trite. Something with substance, that’s well written and thought provoking. Where would such a thing come from in our society that wants women falling in love with psychopaths that they will never change? That we should never marry and have children with!
Author of Official Stories Liam Scheff, heard our call and accepted the task with great fervor.
The weekend after the debut of 50 Shades of Tripe, I was gifted a rough copy of Liam Scheff’s new book, The Truth About Sex.
I started reading the book and immediately was in awe of the rawness of his life that he was sharing in this latest work. We’re getting the story of his own discovery, something from the male perspective and something very real. I wanted to keep reading, to digest it all. I wanted to know more about what was going through his brain in each instance. I couldn’t put the book down. I didn’t want to. Reading how he loves, it reminds me of how I am loved, and how I love. You don’t have to understand, but I do encourage the experience of the read.
Loved this book – I felt my self really drawn into it from the start. Liam is a brilliant writer – so descriptive, funny and honest. I felt the characters became my friends and when the book was over, I definitely wanted more. That might be the only thing I didn’t like – that it was over!
Lots of it reminded me of my early twenties where I too, was confused about what ‘love’ really means. I think most people could relate to this book – especially those born early 70’s +.
I hope the author is going to continue writing in this style or even more in this series. I certainly wanted to read more about one of the central characters in the book. – Anna Rodgers, Miss Eco Glam.com
Portrait in Honesty
LOVED it Liam. From page 1 to the end, it was riveting.
So brave. Such detail. I thought to myself HOW does he remember such details from a decade ago? Or is this part fiction? I couldn’t tell because it all felt so real.
I understand more your relationship with Helen..she was such a caring soul and I know even more why it was so hard losing her. I was grateful to meet her through such excavated details, to know her, to become aware such a selfless heart could exist…and what a powerful impact that kind of love can have.
It was nice getting to know the younger you. So different from who you are today..in some ways…eating canned soup?! Hanging around people smoking cigarettes practically in your face?! Drinking beer?! Not the Liam I know! ;) Yet, in other ways very much the same.
Brave…raw…you shared parts of your life most of us have experienced in some way or another, yet would never put out there for the world to see, learn, judge…
I loved it.
I hope it is the first of several. I hope you continue to share and document your experiences and the characters that weave in and out of the life of Liam the wanderer…the traveler. Show is another way to live, outside of the norm. Whatever that is…the stifling lives most of us endure. Lying to ourselves through life.
Teach, inspire, leave your mark with your story. You are an artist. You paint the best portrait of all by sharing your life with the world.
And next time I see you…I want my $50 portrait. – Marlene
Truth in Fiction:
This is a book about all types of love. It follows 32 year old Will on his journey to discovering if he is monogamous or polyamorous, or if anyone is for that matter. During Will’s encounters with polyamory, I found myself pondering the question this novel begs us to ask. Are we truly monogamous? The short answer is no. We have many loves whether they are platonic, romantic, or even parental in nature. This novel portrays this with naked honesty.
My favorite parts are with Will and Helen. The love and affection they share for one another is palpable through the pages. ‘Thank You’ by Led Zeppelin came on my iPod while reading the chapter ‘Declan Took One For The Team.’ It heightened the emotional conversation that Will and Helen have after a passionate moment that may change the definition of their relationship. The care with which it was written illustrated beautifully the tender moment shared between them.
Graham’s wit and banter with Will made me laugh out loud. Declan the wild man! Need I say more. Finally Caroline. Her character was so vibrant and sensual.
I felt love for every character and their journey. Everyone is portrayed honestly and vividly. I highly recommend this book. – Sara S.
“The Truth About Love (2015),” by Author Liam Scheff, speaks to the desire for self-discovery, love and friendship in many persons going through the ‘journeys’ of life. This novel is discussed through the point of view of a semi-fictional character named Will. He is an Artist and advertising employee, in his thirties living in Boston. He is trying to figure out his love-life and weather he, or anyone, is monogamous. He is also trying to navigate friendships and work relationships while exploring new options and ideals in his life.
Through Will’s wit and introspection Readers’ are taken along on his colorfully descriptive, and often fun, journey. This happens via the meeting of many other interesting characters and the explanations of life-events and travels. Scheff introduces some character details a bit later in the readings…after the initial character introductions…I like that. There are ‘scenes’ in the novel that are moving and humorous-never boring. There are rich and unique descriptions, like this one, on page 63: “I had a strange feeling in my stomach like I’d just been given an expensive, finely knit sweater in beautiful colors and rare material, but I was afraid it might be a little tight, and I wasn’t sure if I could stretch it enough to fit me.” Lines like these really help Readers’ gain a sense of Will’s personality and a feeling for how the text is ‘moving’ along.
It reads in a very welcoming and conversational manner. There are some lovely, easy recipes discussed within the food preparation scenes of the novel. These recipe scenes often take place in the home of Will and Helen-which is depicted as warm and inviting. The relationship between the characters of Helen and Will felt like the central one with moving and refreshing conversations. The conversations with Will’s pal Declan were very genuine as well.
The sexual ‘scenes’ were humorous and the mixture of the profane and the sexual, that they contained, made for a realistic portrayal of romance. The novel is ‘framed’ in such a well-formed descriptive format that Will’s ‘world’ quickly can become beautiful and ‘alive’ in the mind’s eye of the Reader. This novel is well worth the read. – Julie
Raw and Honest
This has got to be the most straightforward and honest book I have read. Ever. Talk about “keeping it real”. This is a story that most people wouldn’t have the balls to write. This was a great read. – “Super Don” Naylor, Producer Robert Scott Bell Show
There are thousands of books dealing with love and sex, as these topics are eternal and essential to human beings. So you don’t really expect to learn anything new or get yourself entertained in any new way when you open another book “about love”. Emotions, dilemmas, jealousy, betrayals, self-awakening, etc. etc. etc. From classical romances to “hot” and provocative modern literature to postmodern cyberspacial games, we’ve seen it all. So if you are really going to spend your time reading “another book on love”, it’s better be worth it.
Personally, I can say that my time reading this book was not wasted. Maybe part of the appeal has to do with the fact that I’ve been experiencing a somewhat similar “transformation” as the main character, and I got to read this book at the right moment in my life. But even then, I think it is interesting regardless.
It deals with things which many modern people are facing, as we try to adjust to the high pace of life and to revise some preconceived ideas that we had and that are losing their appeal due to many various reasons. To me, this book is about trying to understand what it really means to be human. You can’t go wrong with love and sex being the topics that help the author to develop his ideas, but this book is not just about “questioning the traditional morality” or “promoting free love” (that has been done and is being done constantly throughout the centuries).
It is an honest account of a person who has undergone a very personal and intimate transformation, which opened up a sort of different world in front of him, and, I believe, enriched his life.
We normally tend to project our own immediate beliefs and principles onto other people, thinking the others are pretty much the same as we are. When we live holding to one particular set of beliefs, the world around us is the same. But once we change our views (and if we are sincerely practicing what we preach), we attract people to our lives, which resonate with these new energies, so to speak. It’s as though the Universe itself is bringing them to your life. You have now made another step on the way of understanding people better. But more than that, the notion of “love” has attained some new meaning, you now understand that it’s like a rainbow, beautiful and multicolored.
On a purely textual level, the book is easy to read, there is just enough introspection, the right dosage of descriptions and dialogues, so it is quite balanced all in all. – Maria