"1, 4, 3," by Alicia Sophia
LGBTQIA+ Literary Fiction
1,4,3 -- love, loss, and other catastrophes.
Cam stumbled up the stairs, drunk again. She tried to drown her doubts in the bottle but she knew she couldn't live inside Lee's, Good Housekeeping inspired picture-of-perfection anymore. When Lee confronts her, she can't deny that her spark for adventure has been reignited and lets her "143" walk out the door and out of her life.
Growing up as a lesbian with an overly dramatic mother and a father who tried everything to keep his wife happy and their family together taught Cam that sometimes "I love you" really isn't enough. Her world changed the moment she met Lee and it never stops changing as she explores the world she never knew before.
Follow Cam as she navigates through love, loss, and other catastrophes.
H’okay, my lovelies, this week’s read was a rough one. I’ve said it a dozen times before, and will say it a dozen+ more times… I’m a romance writer/reader at heart, so anything outside that genre often throws my HEA-centric heart for a loop. 😂 Alicia Sophia’s 1, 4, 3 is touted as LGBTQIA+ literary fiction and, ho boy, is it ever. Published by RhetAskew Publishing and nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, this lit fic dives deep and dark and doesn’t pull any punches. To put it simply, it’s heartbreakingly superb.
This novel follows Cam through several months of her life where she does indeed encounter the so-billed love, loss, and soul-crushing catastrophes. We travel through some of the darkest hours of Cam’s young, twenty-something life as she breaks up with the love of her life, tackles new adventures—both positive and negative—and finds herself scrambling for purchase as things take a downward spiral.
I read this book in one sitting and found myself getting quite the butt-clenching workout as Cam’s bleak found a way to get bleaker with every turn of the page. Yes, there were some ups here and there, but even those ups often led to a fall all the more tragic because of that brief reprieve.
I won’t tell you how it ends, because where’s the fun in that, but I will tell you it left me hugging myself and counting down the seconds until my significant other was due home. I needed some serious cuddles, kisses, and a few solid moments of thanking my lucky stars for the life and love I possess.
I’d recommend this story to anyone who values stories that don’t shy away from the gritty truth. It isn’t a story for everyone, and there are quite a few major parts of the plot that might be triggering to a lot of people, but if you’ve got a strong heart and love the tragedy often present in literary fic pieces, then you should definitely give this a read.
So, what are you waiting for? 1, 4, 3 is available for your immediate reading pleasure.
Until next time,