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A Closed Door by [Gordon, Andrew Q.]
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Outted at thirteen, Orin Merritt left home after high school hoping to escape the hell his life had become. Ten years later when a tornado destroys his childhood home and kills his parents, Orin finds himself in an entirely new nightmare. One he can’t run away from.

Blaming himself for failing the two people who always loved and supported him, he returns home and confronts his past in the person of his one-time best friend, Thomas Kennett. Thomas not only rejected him when Orin came out, he led the group that tormented Orin into leaving.

As he struggles to deal with his grief, Orin also labors to fulfill the pledge he made to his parents before their death. In the process, Orin learns that sometimes when you go away to find yourself, you leave the answers you’re looking for behind.

About the Author

Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting to the times, he now writes with a shiny new MacBook that he sets on the same desk as his manual typewriter and vintage adding machine.

Long a fan of super heroes, wizards and sports, Andrew's works include high fantasy, paranormal spirits, magic as well as contemporary fiction. He is still trying to find the perfect story that will include all his favorites under one cover.

He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his husband, their young daughter and dog. In addition to dodging some very self-important D.C. 'insiders', Andrew uses his commute to catch up on his reading. When not working or writing, he enjoys soccer, high fantasy, baseball and occasionally sleeping.

Andrew Q. Gordon can be found at:
Twitter: @AndrewQGordon

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2979 KB
  • Print Length: 58 pages
  • Publisher: WayWard Ink Publishing (5 October 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #325,752 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 4.3 out of 5 stars 9 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great storyline, but it lacked important content 10 October 2014
By Tracy Muth ~Bayou Book Junkie - Published on
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3.5 stars

I wanted to love this book. I dropped everything I was doing to read it. The synopsis and the excerpt I read had me prepared for an emotionally charged read. I got my emotion, but the story itself missed the mark. Not because it wasn't emotional, but because crucial parts of the story were skipped over. I wanted to be present for Thomas and Orin's 1st dinner together, after 15 years of being estranged. Orin says let me go get dressed and the next paragraph is at least 4 days later. Then Thomas is offering more than friendship suddenly. I missed it. I want to be a part of these crucial moments.

These are just some of the missed opportunities. This story had great potential, but things were missed. I also found at times I was lost. Like the characters were speaking about things the readers weren't made privy to. They had conversations and chunks of time without the readers involvement. I still have no clue exactly what Orin did for Thomas' parents. I have an idea, but I was never told.

With a few more chapters these things could have been addressed. I wanted to be a part of Thomas and Orin's reconciliation, but the relationship was brushed over, so there was no time for us to get to know Thomas and Orin as a couple. No time to form a connection with them. Even though this was a shorter story, these moments could have been added to the book.

It wasn't a bad book. The characters were likable, the story was a great idea, it just needed more.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars his best friend went from protector to predator rather quickly 20 March 2015
By Kindle Customer - Published on
A Closed Door by Andrew Q Gordon is a short story published by Wayward Ink Publishing. When Orin Marritt was involuntarily outed at 13, his best friend went from protector to predator rather quickly. Thomas Kennett was Orin’s best friend who had not only rejected him when Orin came out but led the group that ridiculed the young man. With peer pressure being bad during middle and high school anyway, it’s even worse when you live in a small town and everyone knows everyone else’s business.

Orin ended up leaving town right after high school in hopes to escape that same ridicule that would follow him the rest of his life should he stay in the small town. Unfortunately, a decade later, the forces of nature called Orin back by not only leveling his parent’s home with a tornado but killing them in the process. Grief stricken and blaming himself for their deaths, Thomas returns home only to have to confront the past as well as trying to fulfill his pledge that he made to his parents. Thomas on the other hand, had been burying his sexuality since childhood due to the same peer pressure that comes from not only school but living in a small town and a father that would have denied him at best.

A Closed Door is an amazing read that I must say I enjoyed very much. There was so many emotions that went into developing this story as well as the characters. Those same emotions were pulled out of me right from the very beginning. I found myself cheering both Thomas and Orin on while wanting to not only hug them both at times and smack them upside the back of the head at others. Then there was the secondary characters of Jennette, who was Orin’s lawyer, and her wife who I would absolutely love to see their story being told as well.

There is only one issue that I had at the end of A Closed Door and it wasn’t anything bad. That was the fact that I wanted more of everything!!! I wanted to read about Thomas and Orin’s first date, their first dinner together, their first… Well their first everything as a couple. Please Please tell me that this is going to be made into a full novel or novella? I highly recommend A Closed Door to anyone who loves a sweet second chance romance story. Double thumbs up and a five star rating
4.0 out of 5 stars Andrew Q Gordon’s Purpose is one of my favorite books so I was anxious to read A Closed ... 17 November 2014
By Larry - Published on
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Andrew Q Gordon’s Purpose is one of my favorite books so I was anxious to read A Closed Door.

I was intrigued by A Closed Door for a number of reasons, not least of which is its gorgeous cover. The title really captivated my interest: A Closed Door. And I was curious to see how Andrew would handle short fiction. I’m a fan of the short story. In fact, I started out writing short stories, so I understand and am intrigued by the challenge of telling a story in short form: what do you include? what do you leave out and up to the reader’s imagination?

Andrew’s writing style is very different from mine but his is one I admire very much. He writes with a restraint that is almost militarist in its discipline, never telling too much, always holding back just a little. His prose is crisp and to the point. His characters are well drawn but always a little withdrawn so you get the impression there is a lot they are not telling.
This restraint in a story whose central theme is doors—doors that are closed, doors that open slowly but only a crack—makes perfect sense to me.

Sure, I was left wanting more. I especially wanted to know what happened at that first dinner Orin and Thomas go to after reconnecting, buy its absence only added to the intrigue, for what outsider can ever explain the attraction between two people, the love that springs out of nothing?
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading 19 November 2014
By Oohmy - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Orin and Thomas, two men who had been best friends until their early teens, come face to face when Orin returns home after his parents are killed during a tornado. The story focuses on the present with brief flashbacks of the troubled past Orin and Thomas share.

This short story was well written, easy to follow and totally enjoyable. Did not want it to end; wanted to read more of the past Orin and Thomas shared. Could it have been a longer story? Yes; but considering its length, it gave a clear, brief glimpse of the past while focusing on the present. Orin and Thomas each have to face their past and come to terms with it if they truly wish to move forward, either together or separately.

The epilogue was a very nice touch and answered a few questions about what happened after the last chapter. Considering this is a short story that is more about feelings and emotions there are not any sex scenes, which for the tone of this story, is appropriate. Basically, this is a short story, well written with likable characters, about facing the angst of the past, turmoil of the present and the fear of the future.

Would have given it five stars if it had been a tad longer with a few more details about the past and the future the epilogue gave the reader; other than that, no complaints from this reader. Looking forward to reading more of Mr. Gordon’s work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally-Charged 14 November 2014
By musiclover13 - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
A horrible tragedy brings Orin Merritt back to his hometown in order to settle the affairs of his parents. Not only must Orin deal with his grief, but he also had to face the town that brings back bad memories of bullying and abuse by his fellow classmates. When his former best friend, Thomas Kennett, reappears and tries to atone for his mistakes of the past, Orin is suspicious. He just wants to get things in order and move on his life, but Thomas and memories better times, make it harder and harder.

I really enjoyed the emotion Andrew Q. Gordon poured into his characters. The pain and loss Orin experienced and the suffocating guilt from Thomas were palpable. So often I wondered if there could be any sort of resolution between the MCs because there was just so much pain, shame and regret in their pasts.

A couple of times throughout the novella I thought I'd missed some important information. One minute Orin and Thomas are talking about meeting up for a friendly meal and then a couple pages later, discussions about being more than friends arise. I had to go back to make sure I hadn't accidentally skipped a few pages. Because of that, I felt that the progression of the relationship seemed unfinished because readers missed out on integral moments.

Overall, I thought this was an interesting, emotionally-charged novella.