Like This Afternoon Forever

“Jaime Manrique’s new literary novel of love and murder is based on a shocking (and little-reported in US media) crime—up to 10,000 poor and mentally disabled Colombian citizens were lured to remote areas of the country by the Colombian military, murdered, then presented to superiors as ‘guerilla fighters’ to inflate casualty numbers, in what’s been dubbed the ‘false positives’ scandal.
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For the last fifty years, the Colombian drug cartels, various insurgent groups, and the government have fought over the control of the drug traffic, in the process destroying vast stretches of the Amazon, devastating Indian communities, and killing tens of thousands of homesteaders caught in the middle of the conflict.

Inspired by these events, Jaime Manrique’s sixth novel, Like This Afternoon Forever, weaves in two narratives: the shocking story of a series of murders known internationally as the “false positives,” and the related story of two gay Catholic priests who become lovers when they meet in the seminary.


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A Great Gay Novel
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“Jaime Manrique is a brilliant story teller and “Like This Afternoon Forever” is a sensational, romantic, sexy and heartbreaking page-turner. His insightful view of Colombia and ability to develop rich memorable characters is remarkable. I loved this book!


Lucas (the son of farmers) and Ignacio (a descendant of the Barí indigenous people) enter the seminary out of a desire to help others and to get an education. Their visceral love story undergoes stages of passion, indifference, rage, and a final commitment to stay together until the end of their lives. Working in a community largely composed of people displaced by the war, Ignacio stumbles upon the horrifying story of the false positives, which will put the lives of the two men in grave danger.

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