Troll: A Love Story

Troll: A Love Story

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Paperback, Grove Press Grove Press, 2004, ISBN# 0802141293
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Returning to his apartment, Angel finds a group of drunken teenagers taunting a wounded troll, so Angel decides to take him in, a decision that changes Angel's life forever.

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Returning to his apartment, Angel finds a group of drunken teenagers taunting a wounded troll, so Angel decides to take him in, a decision that changes Angel's life forever.

Angel, a young gay commercial photographer, has had a bad night. He's been out with Martes, a hip, supposedly heterosexual creative director at a big ad agency who has been hiring Angel frequently. Angel is drawn to Martes and knows the feeling's mutual, but when he tries to take their flirtation to the next level, Martes shoots him down defensively, claiming he's not gay. Drunk, bereft, and exhausted, Angel makes his way home, only to find a group of teenage thugs attacking a small defenseless creature in the parking lot of his apartment building. He comes to its defense and finds that it is a juvenile troll. It appears sickly, wounded, and totally helpless. So Angel takes it inside for protection.
In the morning, he almost thinks he dreamed it. But there it is, and so, head splitting with a hangover, Angel goes to the internet to try to figure out what a troll might eat. He finds a great deal of folklore-about how trolls are truly man's evil doppelganger, or occult forest creatures. He calls a veterinarian ex-boyfriend, whom he jilted for Martes, and who bitterly hangs up on him after telling him that a troll's system is somewhat similar to wild cats. Desperate, he goes to his downstairs neighbor's, where a Filipina mail-order bride, left alone for the day by her brutish husband, answers the door. No, she can't lend him any cat food, but she does offer him some frozen fish. The troll refuses to eat. Eventually, by dint of intense research, Angel begins feeding the troll mice and guinea pigs from several different pet stores, afraid to return to any too soon. It makes a messy kill that disgusts him, but soon its health improves. Angel begins to get quite attached to his new pet. Reading a fairytale about a fairy-girl and a troll (who stand in for idealistic illusions versus earth pessimism), Angel decides to name his charge Pessi, after the one in the book.
Meanwhile Martes has offered Angel a photography commission that is sure to be lucrative-to create images for a campaign for a new brand of trendy, high-end blue jeans called Stalkers, that will be promoted with all the bells and whistles. Angel eagerly accepts, but with a bit less concern over Martes himself than the old Angel would have had. They meet, with some flirtation (Martes notices Angel is wearing Calvin Klein aftershave, but it's really Pessi's juniper-berry scent), and Martes provides Angel with Stalkers in a range of sizes. When he comes home from his meeting Palomita, the mail-order bride, is waiting for him. Afraid her abusive husband has come home, she darts into his apartment and sees the troll. From this moment she shares Angel's secret. Pessi, however, has become ill-he's listless and feverish, and Angel realizes something must be done. So he meets his ex-boyfriend, the veterinarian, who diagnoses the undisclosed mystery animal with worms. Angel convinces the vet to take him back to his practice for a tryst and steals a worm medication while his lover is sleeping-which luckily works. When the vet realizes the drugs are missing, he calls Angel and hints broadly that he knows he must have a troll.
As Pessi's health improves, he begins building a pyramid with some blocks that Angel uses for photo shoots. Angel's curiosity over exactly how intelligent his troll might be draws him to continue his research, and he even believes that "devil's stoves," supposed Bronze Age cremation pits built by humans, may be what Pessi is building. The troll's happiness is infectious, and, feeling restless and full of nameless desire, Angel goes out on the prowl and meets a young man who's long idolized him from afar, Ecke. A slightly nerdy, intense young man, particularly alongside the beautiful Angel, he's not the type Angel would ordinarily go for, but he goes home with him. Ecke even agrees to lend him a very rare 19th-century book on the wild animals of Finland, which he wouldn't let out of his sight for anyone else.
When Angel returns home from Ecke's, he

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Number of Pages: 240
Number in Series: 1
Original Languages: English
Subject: FICTION_FANTASY_CONTEMPORARY ,  FINLAND_FICTION ,  Settings
Author: Sinisalo, Johanna ,  Lomas, Herbert
Target Audience: Trade
Translator: Lomas, Herbert
Publisher: Pgw
ISBN-13: 9780802141293
Fiction/Nonfiction: Y
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 5.50 x 8.00 x 0.75 Inches
ISBN-10: 0802141293
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