Mateo Borden was twenty when he came out to his parents, and the last thing he expected was to be disowned. But from that moment on, his parents wanted nothing to do with him. At a time in his life when he felt alone, angry and confused, Mateo found an unexpected ally in Liam Robertson, a family friend and third-year law student engaged to be married. They became best friends, brothers, and were inseparable until their lives took different paths. New York City called Liam with a job offer at a prominent law firm while Mateo, fresh out of university, devoted himself to his dream of becoming a writer.
Now, Mateo has come of age. He’s twenty-nine and a “rock star” on the literary scene with his books selling by the millions. He’s built a home with Simon Denault, the political science professor who swept him off his feet five years ago. He’s living the life he’s always imagined. Meanwhile, Liam has quietly returned home to support his mother, Susan, who’s in remission from breast cancer — and to divest of an ambiguous obsession that has nearly destroyed him.
Unfolding over seven arduous days, The Flowers Need Watering is a moving and provocative story about friendship, love and loss as both men come to terms with the choices they’ve made. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the meaning of family and the redemptive value of forgiveness.
“Marcus Lopés […] has a natural gift for creating an original, well thought-out story and developing positive, memorable characters that touch your heart and soul.” – Darla Ortiz, Goodreads
“The prose was lyrical and near poetic at times, and the plots and subplots were weaved together masterfully and gave a fulfilling, emotional payoff at the end.” – Marcella Gonzales, Indie Book Reviewers