A Scarcity of Condors
Book #3 in the Venery series
Release Date: December 16th, 2019
A novel of parenthood, heritage and legacy, rooted in the 1973 coup in Chile.
Juleón "Jude" Tholet has survival in his DNA. His father, Cleón, lived through imprisonment and torture during Pinochet's military coup in Chile. His mother, Penny, risked everything to gain her husband's freedom and flee the country with their newborn son. But as a closeted gay teenager growing up in Vancouver, Jude is targeted by a neighborhood bully called El Cóndor, culminating in a vicious hate crime that forces the Tholets to flee their country again.
Jude cautiously rebuilds his life in Seattle, becoming an accomplished pianist, but his his wings have been clipped and he cannot seem to soar in his relationships. Only family remains a constant source of strength and joy, until a DNA test reveals something that shocks all the Tholets: Jude is not their child.
Stunned by the test results, the Tholets must dig into their painful past, re-examine their lives in 1973 Santiago and the events surrounding Jude's birth story. It’s a tale rooted in South America’s Operation Condor. It spreads through Pinochet’s terrifying regime of detention camps, torture, disappeared civilians and stolen children. The journey forces Penny Tholet to confront the gaps in her memory while Cleón must re-live an ordeal he’s long kept hidden away in a secret world. The tale ends with Jude digging through his genetic code in a quest to find his biological parents. Are they alive? Or are they among Los Desaparecidos—the Disappeared Ones?
Suanne Laqueur’s third book in the Venery series explores the desperate acts of love made in times of war, and the many ways family can be defined.
Jude Tholet always felt a little out of place. It began in high school when he fell in love with his best friend and deepened when his life and his body were shattered by unspeakable violence.
He could always find sanctuary in the midst of his family. It was here that he could always find unconditional love. His parents made sure of it.
But Jude and his father forged a special bond – the kind that only those who had experienced the horrors of humanity can have. And when a DNA test drops an unexpected bomb, he’s once again set adrift with no salvation in sight.
Until he is thrown a lifeline by a stranger who is as brash as he is beautiful…
They stared. The shared gaze immutable while beneath, each mouth rolled over and around and through a smile.
Tej Khoury knows a little about being displaced himself. He escaped a civil war in Lebanon with his family only to be rejected by them as a teenager for his sexuality.
It taught him self-reliance and it taught him to go for what he wants. And what he wants most of all is Jude. Being with him comes with a freedom that he’s never known before. He recognizes a kindred desire, a shared strength and the storm rages just under the surface.
Together, they will try to heal the wounds of the past and finally learn to fly…
“These are my memories. They’re my stories.”
There is no one that can write with more feeling than Suanne Laqueur! With A Scarcity of Condors, she draws you into a world of both extraordinary beauty and terrifying pain. What her characters have to endure will most certainly take your breath away. But their bravery is a living breathing thing that demands that you keep turning the pages.
The story is flawless, the pace is perfect, and the emotions are intense.
And in the end, it’s a stunning testament to the power of the human spirit…
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About The Author ~
A former professional dancer and teacher, Suanne Laqueur went from choreographing music to choreographing words. Her work has been described as "Therapy Fiction," "Emotionally Intelligent Romance" and "Contemporary Train Wreck."
Laqueur's novel An Exaltation of Larks was the grand prize winner in the 2017 Writer's Digest Book Awards. Her debut novel The Man I Love won a gold medal in the 2015 Readers' Favorite Book Awards and was named Best Debut in the Feathered Quill Book Awards. Her follow-up novel, Give Me Your Answer True, was also a gold medal winner at the 2016 RFBA.
Laqueur graduated from Alfred University with a double major in dance and theater. She taught at the Carol Bierman School of Ballet Arts in Croton-on-Hudson for ten years. An avid reader, cook and gardener, she started her blog EatsReadsThinks in 2010.
Suanne lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two children.
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