A Kirkus Review’s Indie Book of the Year 2015
Foreword Review’s INDIEFAB Awards Finalist


Daydreamers, short stories
Lethe Press, 2015
ISBN: 1590212967

cover design by Nguyen Thanh Nhan

Downtrodden workers at a towing company compete to repossess an elusive Mercedes; two men clash over their participation in a body modification ritual; a group of Dungeons & Dragons players find themselves unwelcome in an upscale resort; the discovery of a drowned corpse haunts two would-be lovers in a beach town. Ne’er-do-wells, prodigal sons and young men without a clue await to be met in these nine stories that speak to a new generation of hopefuls not usually found in contemporary queer fiction.

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Reviews & Interviews:

Kirkus Starred Review (click here)
Review by Melissa Reddish, TheSmallPressBookReview (click here)
Review by Jerry Wheeler, Out in Print (click here)
Review by Keith Glaeske, (click here)

Interview with Gregg Shapiro, Chicago Pride (click here)
Interview with L.A. Fields, Chelsea Station (click here)
Interview with Victoria Gaffney, Northern Virginia Magazine (click here)

Advance Praise (Abbreviated):

“Harper’s stories get better as they accumulate, until they take on the weight of an original artist’s vision.”
– Andrew Holleran, author of Dancer from the Dance and Grief

“A catalog of suburbia’s petty desolations and meditations on lost chances; Harper makes for a keen archivist of his characters’ flawed, unfinished manifestos.”
     – Genevieve Valentine, author of The Girls at the Kingfisher Club and Mechanique

“These stories … examine the ubiquity of loneliness, the painful gaps between yearning and fulfillment, and the myriad difficulties of truly connecting with lovers, family, and friends.”
– Jeff Mann, author of Cub and Salvation

“An elegiac, compulsively readable collection of stories about boys, boys, boys – but not the kind you’re imagining.”
– Matt Rettenmund, author of Boy Culture and Blind Items

“…Harper demonstrates a talent for creating believable characters who linger in the mind long after the page is turned.”
– Lewis DeSimone, author of The Heart’s History

“Jonathan Harper is a major new talent in fiction – definitely one to watch.”
– David Pratt, author of Bob the Book