New Historical Novel Imagines Two Brothers’ Lives in Ancient Greece

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Bruce Stores announces publication of ‘Nilo & Demetrius’

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Two disparate brothers face challenges, failures, and the emotional ups and downs of life in classical Greece in Bruce Stores’ new historical fiction, “Nilo & Demetrius: Brothers in Classical Greece” (published by iUniverse). The book is available for purchase at:

“Nilo & Demetrius” features the legal system, a major festival, a symposium, the Greek theater and communing with the gods via oracles. A major backdrop near the book’s ending is the city-state’s military. It also deals with written and unwritten standards of sexuality, especially the interactions between males.

Twelve-year-old Nilo is on a quest for freedom. He wants to be rid of imposed conditions of educational systems, a loving yet domineering father and to move away from a life of failure — in school, in athletics, and in love. Once he leaves home, Nilo’s adventures are set amidst Greece’s sexual mores and his desire for finding his place in the world. His brother, Demetrius, did well in school but was physically challenged to meet the military’s requirements. His new boyfriend makes all the difference in his getting in shape. The brothers somehow manage to persevere as their lives intertwine with challenges and opportunities as well as human and absolute love during a time when sexuality has few boundaries.

“It may be valuable for us to see how another civilization was free from many taboos of today,” Stores says, “It was as natural for men to love other men as it was for them to love women.”

“Nilo & Demetrius”
By Bruce Stores
Softcover | 5 x 8 in | 340 pages | ISBN 9781532067990
E-Book | 340 pages | ISBN 9781532067983
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Bruce Stores was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala working in community development programs near Quetzaltenango in the early 1960’s. Later he was a community development officer involved with refugee resettlement in Vietnam at the height of that war with the U.S. Agency for International Development. His third venture overseas was to serve as recreation coordinator for American employees and their families with Bell Helicopter/Textron in pre-revolution Iran. He also served the YMCA as youth director in Vineland, New Jersey, and branch director in Midland, Texas. He later worked with self-help housing projects near Seattle, Washington, and was a contributing reporter for many years with Seattle Gay News. After relocating to Mexico in 1995, he was an English teacher for six years. He has lived in the Mexican City of Oaxaca since 2007. He is a graduate of Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts, with Bachelor of Science and Master of Education in humanities. He was married in 1967 and divorced in 1980. He has one son and two grandchildren.

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