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Simple Simon is a finalist in the Book of the Year Award 2013 Gay & Lesbian (Adult Fiction) Clarion Foreword Reviews
A dramatic story of innocence lost and alienation from society, the novel Simple Simon is the story of Simon Powell’s journey back to self after losing himself in Reverend Moon’s Unification Church and battling addiction during a successful career in Hollywood.
"Simple Simon's message of reconciliation and hope is truly for anyone who has struggled to resolve the truth they know about themselves with the way others see them. The power of forgiveness and acceptance can resonate with all readers." Melissa Wuske, Clarion Foreword Reviews
". . . Simon remains an extremely compelling character, and readers will find themselves invested in Simon's fate. He may be self-destructive, but he's always trying to adhere to a moral compass--although one that's been badly damaged by his life experiences. It's an engaging story throughout, and it's rarely obvious where Simon will wind up. A sweeping, unpredictable fictional autobiography."
"...Poe's narrative moves quickly and smoothly, and fills in the blanks left in Simon Says. These first novels by Poe will leave his readership wondering--and waiting for--what he comes up with next." -Publishers Weekly
"Simple Simon is a story that will ring bells of hope not only for gay people, but for anyone who has ever suffered from crippling self-doubt." -- San Francisco Book Review
"Though a work of fiction, the autobiographical SIMPLE SIMON by William Poe is an honest, wrenching look at what it means to try to cope in a world where you are misunderstood. As a result, its triumphant ending is all the more satisfying to the reader. [the author] made me see his side of the story and feel his emotions [the author] sets out to encourage others in his situation, and in similar situations . . . with this book, he succeeds . . . anyone reading SIMPLE SIMON will learn much, and will find the time well spent."
-Judge, 22nd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards.