“The Flowers Need Watering is a stunning portrait of a man coming to terms with the death of his estranged father, while questioning his place in the world and the life he’s built.”

“This type of love story lets you get in the hearts and minds of the characters; feel them and understand them.”

Mateo Borden, after his spontaneous decision to come out to his parents at twenty, ends up a devastated young man when they disown him. A year later when his best friend, Liam Robertson, takes a job in New York City, the last thing he expects is to be asked to go, too. Mateo’s decision to remain in Halifax and, consequently, his rejection of Liam’s declaration of love, shatters their friendship. Broken and angry, Mateo tries to redefine family and friendship in the face of these two overwhelming losses.

Years pass and, as the novel opens, Mateo has come of age. He’s twenty-nine and a rock star on the literary scene. He is, for the most part, living a happy life, surrounded by the people who matter to him most — Simon Denault, his partner of five years; Melinda Borden-Grey, his feisty older sister; Zane Grey, Melinda’s even-tempered husband; and his precocious nephew, Xavier.

Until a call in the middle of the night puts Mateo on a collision course with his past, and leads to two life-altering reunions — one with his dying father, Peter; the other with Liam, who has quietly returned home.

Unfolding over seven arduous days, The Flowers Need Watering is a story of one man’s struggle to understand the meaning of family — a penetrating meditation on loss, truth and betrayal, and, ultimately, the redemptive value of forgiveness.
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“A Stunning Portrait of Grief, Doubt, Love, and Family”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Gregory R. Josephs

In his debut Indie novel, Marcus Lopés presents a moving and provocative story about grief, doubt, love, and family. The Flowers Need Watering is a stunning portrait of a man coming to terms with the death of his estranged father, while questioning his place in the world and the life he’s built. Thoughtful, nuanced, and complex, Lopés’ novel rises above the standard of typical LGBT fiction.

The real strength of The Flowers Need Watering comes from its deeply flawed characters and Lopés’ ability to change our perceptions of them over time. In the opening chapters, Mateo (the protagonist) is angry, stubborn, and at times cruel. By contrast, readers will believe his partner Simon to be patient, kind, and beyond reproach. As the story unfolds, it becomes easier to both empathize with Mateo, and take Simon off his pedestal. Add to the mix Liam, a ghost from Mateo’s past, and the complex tapestry of the characters’ lives begin to unravel. Soon we discover no one is innocent, and there are many sides to every story.

In the end, everyone ends up a little better off than they started, but maybe not in the ways they expect.

Through his writing, Lopés wants us to “think about the choices we make and how we respond, either under duress or when our emotions take control, to the challenges we face in life each and every day.” In The Flowers Need Watering he absolutely succeeds!

This is a great read, and I highly recommend it even for those outside of the LGBT community. The Flowers Need Watering is a human story that will appeal to anyone interested in high-quality writing, and great storytelling. There’s something for everyone here.

I’ll eagerly await more from this author.

About the Author

Marcus Lopés is originally from Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia. Since 2003, his writing has been featured in Canadian and international literary journals, both in print and online. He’s also the author of Freestyle Love, his first novel published in 2011 by LazyDay Publishing. He currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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