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The Complexities of Love

Will Mark find the love he is seeking?

by M.A. Quigley


"Most Anticipated LGBTQ in Young Adult Literature." —Lambda Literary

"The reveal of Mark's family history is intriguing and messily realistic..." —Kirkus Reviews


M.A. Quigley's critically-acclaimed debut novel, The Complexities of Love, tells the story of Mark navigating life as a closeted gay man in 1960s Australia. Always feeling that he was different, Mark did his best to fit in and follow what his family always wanted for him: a lovely Australian girl. But after meeting Dave in middle school, everything changed.

Mark no longer wanted to make his family happy by following what they had planned for him, he wanted to be with Dave instead. Growing the courage to tell Dave about his crush, they share a romantic kiss at sunset before getting interrupted by Mark’s parents. Dave leaves, but not just for the night, he is sent to live hours away with his aunt, crushing Mark’s fantasies of having the perfect boyfriend.

Ten years pass and Dave shows up again, but something feels different. Finding out the horrible things Dave’s family made him go through after discovering that they were gay, Dave and Mark decide to rekindle their relationship.

With his own problems at home, and now with Dave returning after all these years, Mark must decide if the man he wanted years ago is worth risking everything for, or if he can indeed be happy with Dave and build a new life together.


Mark Cooney grows up aware that there is something different about him and hopes that his parents will never find out. Mark's best friend Dave disappeared when he was thirteen and returned ten years later. Mark became more and more vulnerable as they got closer. It came with a price. Tormented by his inner demons and refusing to be controlled by anyone, Dave reveals a secret that he has kept since childhood, which leads to a terrible misunderstanding that will have grave consequences for Mark and his family. All Mark yearns for is for Dave to return his love, but will that happen, or will he find someone else?

The Complexities of Love is a coming-of-age story about Mark as he confronts the truth about his family and his identity.

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Praise & Reviews

"The reveal of Mark's family history is intriguing and messily realistic..." —Kirkus Reviews

"Most Anticipated LGBTQ in Young Adult Literature." —Lambda Literary

"Exceptional story. Such a tender romance, with a very gratifying ending. I can't stop talking about it. 100% recommend." —Alex Williams, editor

"Heartbreaking... I found myself rooting for Mark to accept himself... and ultimately find true love. — such a profound novel." —Mario Dell'Olio, author

​​​​​​​"This is not the familiar plot of boy meets boy, falls in love, and comes out of the closet in the face of bigotry. This is the rare type of story that stays deep within the reader’s thoughts days after reading." —Review by Katie Salvo, Senior Literary Agent

"An Australian teen learns about life, hidden love, and family secrets. It’s 1966, and Mark knows he’s different from the other boys, hiding his attraction for his best friend, Dave… 10 years later, [Dave] returns, and when Mark tries to discover the truth behind his absence, upsetting family secrets come to light… Mark’s interest in cooking, future dreams of living openly as a gay man, and desire to make a living as a chef add elements of lightness and hope… The characters deal with trauma, mental illness, and addiction throughout the story... the discussions of family bonds, complex sibling relationships, finding a place to belong, and the reveal of Mark’s family history are intriguing and messily realistic..." —Kirkus Reviews

M.A. Quigley

About M.A. Quigley

Melisa Quigley was born and raised in Victoria, Australia. She has an Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

Her work has been published in anthologies in America, Australia, India, and the Philippines.

The Complexities of Love, young adult coming-of-age romance, is her debut novel.

Books by M.A. Quigley

The Complexities of Love

The Complexities of Love

THE COMPLEXITIES OF LOVE: Will Mark find the love he is seeking?
Author: M.A. Quigley

250 Pages

Young Adult Fiction
LGBTQ+ Fiction
Coming-of-age fiction
LGBTQ+ Romance

Paperback ISBN: 9781777151843
Ebook ISBN: 9781777151836

Published by 5310 Publishing
Publication date: 2021-08-24

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