A make-or-break summer in 1930s Chicago takes a turn into noir in this riveting coming-of-age novel by award-winning author James Klise.
Joe Garbe has landed in Chicago in the record-breaking heat of the summer of 1934 with one simple goal: Earn enough money to get out of debt and save the family farm. Joe’s cousin Bernie sets him up with a hotel job, then proposes a sketchy scheme to make a lot more money fast. Soon Joe is splitting time between Eddie, a handsome flirt on a delivery truck, and Raymond, a carefree rich kid who shows Joe the eye-opening queer life to be found around every corner in the big city.
Joe’s exposure to the surface of criminal Chicago pulls him into something darker than he could have imagined. When danger closes in—from gangsters, the police, and people he thought were friends—Joe needs to pack up and get lost. But before he can figure out where to go, he has to decide who he wants to be.
I’ll Take Everything You Have is a vivid portrayal of queer coming of age in Depression-era Chicago, as well as a timeless story of trying to make your future bright when the rest of the world is dead set on keeping it hidden in the dark.