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The Forever Marathon


a novel by Jameson Currier

A wickedly delightful war of wits and whines between longtime companions during a two-day fight.

From their meeting as struggling graduate students in Manhattan to becoming the owners of expensive foreign cars and a country house in Pennsylvania, Jesse and Adam have spent twenty-four cantankerous years as significant others—half of their lives. Now in their late forties, a small domestic fight swells between the gay couple into a major battle, ensnaring a talkative, opportunistic young man as collateral damage.

The Forever Marathon features the talented author’s trademark prose that drips with emotion, a powerful story, and two unforgettable (albeit not necessarily likeable) characters, who remind you to either cherish or reexamine your own relationship.”

—Christopher Verleger, Edge


"As a writer, Currier should be lauded for his creative decision to avoid the all-too-common formulaic trappings of most current novels written for and about gay men."

—David-Matthew Barnes, Lambda Literary



About the author

Jameson Currier is the author of seven novels, four collections of short fiction, and a memoir.

Also by Jameson Currier from Chelsea Station Editions:

A Gathering Storm; Based on a True Story; Dancing on the Moon; Desire, Lust, Passion, Sex; Still Dancing; The Haunted Heart and Other Tales; The Third Buddha; The Wolf at the Door; Until My Heart Stops; What Comes Around; and Where the Rainbow Ends.


Praise for The Forever Marathon

“What would you do if you realized you’d spent half your life with the same man and you weren’t sure if you loved him any longer? Enter Adam and Jesse, both 49. I found myself trying to predict the outcome throughout the book. The ending is honest and true to the characters, something that is not always the case in happily ever-after land.”

Scott A. Drake, Philadelphia Gay News

“As real as it gets. Currier is a talented storyteller with a knack for engrossing characterization and bona fide emotion.”
—Jim Piechota, Bay Area Reporter

“Jameson Currier’s fifth novel, The Forever Marathon, is a compelling, brutally honest examination of two days in the life of a long term relationship between two men, who seem to have stayed together more out of habit than their desire for each other.”

—Christopher Verleger, Edge

“Currier has accomplished something truly remarkable: He has presented two highly unlikeable, self-absorbed, clichéd characters, and woven them into an interesting story that keeps the reader turning pages. This is a funny, exasperating, touching read.”

—Alan Chin,

“This is one of those novels in which everything works and the surprise is that instead of being a downer as this novel could easily have become, it is not. Currier has the skill and the prose to raise it up.”

—Amos Lassen, Reviews by Amos Lassen

“The opposite of love is not hate but rather indifference. Thanks to the talent of Jameson Currier, readers are never at risk for feeling indifferent to the couple at the heart of his The Forever Marathon. Adoration mingled with aversion at this pair’s antics ensures every page will be read with enthusiasm. We should all be grateful that Currier has not shied away from presenting an honest depiction of gay men in their late forties.”

—Steve Berman, editor of the Best Gay Stories annual series

“With The Forever Marathon, Jameson Currier offers a fast-paced and incisive portrait of forty-eight hours in the life of a challenging twenty-four-year relationship. In the story of Adam and Jesse, Currier daringly probes the underside of passion, where need turns too easily into entitlement and love skids heedlessly toward hate. Currier demonstrates powerful insights into the history of a relationship: how assumptions and misunderstandings can set lovers off course, how hearts harden in the wake of disappointment, and how essential it is to remember the love that underlies it all, even in the darkest moments. These are vividly drawn characters who come to life on the page, with feelings and experiences that not only touch the reader but will no doubt resonate personally for many.”

—Lewis DeSimone, author of The Heart’s History and Chemistry

Praise for the writings of Jameson Currier

“Currier is adept at drawing a fine line between the erotic and the tragic, and at telling stories that ‘although personal, are also the stories of our community.’ "

The New York Times Book Review

“Jameson Currier’s kind of fiction can recreate reality more accurately than a cinema verité account of our daily lives.”

The Washington Post Book World

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