Glen struggles with his sexuality and the
perversions of his father as he goes through life largely
on his own. As he fears becoming a child molester and
fights against the vicious cycle, he brings the reader on
a journey of self-exploration which will culminate in one
of the most controversial conclusions set to print.
LOLITA IN THE LION'S DEN is a very deeply moving insight
into the mind of someone struggling with an attraction to
the youthful and the forbidden. Glen's journey may not
make you laugh or cry, but it will certainly force you to
pause and rethink.
When I first picked this up I was very skeptical.
I have never in my life thought about where my sympathies
should lie with a person like Glen. The prose is very
choppy and natural, as if Glen is talking straight to
you. The frequency of the spelling and grammatical
mistakes leads me to believe that they were intentional,
that they were meant to be another mirror into the psyche
of our narrator. He is disorganized, lost, frightened. I
found myself feeling for him a great deal, showing as
much or more empathy than I do for most characters.
Whatever he is, monster, person, or coward, he is
compelling. I'm still not sure where my sympathies lie
outside the realm of fiction, but for now, I feel Glen's
character is the highlight of the book.
The narrative really forced me to think a great
deal on a topic that most people prefer to avoid in
polite conversation: pedophiles, specifically those who
are attracted but never harm children. Many of these
pedophiles seek help, psychology, as Glen does throughout
his novel. Glen shows a side of attraction (whether
sexual or aesthetic) which is often looked away from at
the same time as it is discussed vehemently among those
who favor strictness and refuse to give a second chance.
The cycle of abuse, the sexualization of young girls and
even girls barely in their teens, emotional dependency,
fear; all these topics and more are discussed in this
book, so approach it with an open mind and a cast-iron
I would not recommend this book for anyone
looking for a lighthearted or humorous look at
controversy. I cannot remember a single moment of
laughter in this book, whether normal or the
uncomfortable laughter of someone who just realized
they're in over their heads. LOLITA IN THE LION'S DEN is
a book which will join the ranks of psychological profile
fiction, and hopefully encourage the reader to look at
every side to every story.
A young man must overcome a horrific past in order to
release his inner demons in Justin Forestís shocking new
novel, Lolita in the Lionís Den or Pre-Tween
Glen has fought for years to escape a brutal home life,
one in which he acts as his motherís only friend and to
accept that his father has been molesting his sister for
over a decade.
But after dropping out of high school and spending years
working aimless jobs, Glen finally turns a new chapter
when he enters the thrill of college life.
But with that freedom comes disturbing sexual desires and
inclinations. Having become increasingly reliant on his
own fantasy world, Glen soon finds himself mired in the
world of adult pornography and struggling with his
attraction to both women and girls.
Haunted by the damage his fatherís actions wrought on his
family and other victims, Glen must come to terms with his
admiration for the exact thing his father so actively
More relevant than ever in todayís hypersexualized world,
Lolita in the Lionís Den or Pre-Tween Juxtaposition is an
emotionally provocative read that gets to the heart of
some of societyís most pressing issues.