The Autumn of the Lonely Sons
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Philip Battenburg is a forty-six year old billionaire who lives in Houston. He lived with his mother all his life, until her death from liver failure four years ago. He loved his mother deeply and has never gotten over her death.
After his mother’s death he looks for meaning and purpose for his life. With his friend, Anne Martinique, he co-founds The Houston Apprentice Foundation (HAF) which helps young, struggling performing artists get internships in Houston and provides them with housing. The first apprentice, Tommy, is a drug addict, liar, thief. He loves Philip, but gets nothing in return. His death plagues and haunts Philip for years. He accepts another apprentice, from Indianapolis. Curt is nineteen and, despite the age difference, he and Philip share more than anyone knows: their background, loss of mothers, and their ambivalent sexual identity.
Although the two men are growing fond of each other, Anne becomes quite jealous and is hell bent on destroying Philip. In her deranged and twisted mind she decides that Philip had something to do with Tommy’s death. By any means necessary she will find out, and frame Philip, hopefully shattering his picture-perfect life…forever.