News & Reviews


The American Library Association has given Sweet Like Sugar the Stonewall Book Award - Barbara Gittings Literature Award, given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit relating to the GLBT experience.

Sweet Like Sugar has been included in the 2012 list of Over the Rainbow Books, an annual bibliography of commendable GLBT books created by the GLBT Round Table of the American Library Association.

Sweet Like Sugar has won the 2012 Rainbow Award for Best Gay Novel and Best Gay Contemporary General Fiction.

The Advocate names Sweet Like Sugar one of the best overlooked books of 2011, praising it for "demonstrating how our human quest is a search for parts of ourselves that can only be found in others."

Sweet Like Sugar is named one of the best books of the year in Heeb magazine, beating out books about Nazis, zombies, and the Rolling Stones.

New York's Next Magazine lists Sweet Like Sugar as one of the best books of the year, and reports on a local reading.

A news feature in Publishers Weekly calls Sweet Like Sugar one of the year's "notable novels," praising it for "breaking new ground in gay fiction."

Wayne blogs in The Huffington Post about returning to his childhood synagogue as part of his book tour.

Wayne talks about musical theater, atheism, and the sheer insanity of writing novels in an interview in the Canadian gay newspaper Xtra.

Wayne talks about the real-life stories behind Sweet Like Sugar in the Vox Tablet podcast at Tablet magazine.

Wayne talks about Nirvana, Dunkin' Donuts, and finding time to write in an interview, on This Show Is So Gay, a radio show that broadcasts around the country, and offers streaming audio and downloadable podcasts.

Wayne talks about bringing communities together in an interview in the Washington Jewish Week.

Wayne blogs for the Jewish Book Council and My Jewish Learning, about Sweet Like Sugar. He writes about his mother's inspiration here. He reveals what's in a name here. He offers a list of GLBT Jewish books here. And he ponders the downside of digital books here.

Wayne talks about returning to his suburban roots in an interview in Washington DC's MetroWeekly magazine.

Wayne talks about religion, sex, and his college days in a profile in his old college newspaper, The Tufts Daily.

Wayne is interviewed about Sweet Like Sugar on the weekly radio show Making Waves on WJFF-FM in the Catskills. Wayne's segment begins at 18:12.

Wayne talks about faith, atheism, and being a "professional Jew" in an interview in San Francisco's gay newspaper, Bay Area Reporter, and an interview in New York's gay newspaper, Gay City News

Wayne talks about rabbis, boyfriends, and his very comfy couch in an interview in San Francisco's Jewish magazine, J. Weekly, and in an interview in Los Angeles' Jewish newspaper, L.A. Jewish Journal, and in an interview in British Columbia's Jewish newspaper, The Jewish Independent.

Wayne talks about Sweet Like Sugar on the online radio show Stonewall Live.

Wayne is interviewed on the on the television show Forward Motion in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Wayne discusses Sweet Like Sugar as part of the Twitter Book Club organized by the Jewish Book Council.


"Hoffman's examination of the intersection between gay and Jewish identity raises potent questions about tolerance and understanding."
– Publishers Weekly

"Sweet Like Sugar has heart. Don’t tell anybody, but once or twice I even found myself getting a little farklemt."
– The Forward

"Charming...touching...Sweet Like Sugar offers universal lessons in the role of fate, a successful gay romance, and one approach in combining a gay and spiritual life."
– Lambda Literary Review

"Sweet Like Sugar does weave a very lovely web of friendship and faith."
– Instinct Magazine

"The author treats a sensitive, relatable subject with intelligence, realistic emotion and a positive outlook toward toward what we can accomplish. It's well written and highly recommended. Five Stars!"
– Echo Magazine (Phoenix)

"A thoroughly satisfying read for both Jews and non-Jews, regardless of sexual orientation...It speaks to anyone who has ever searched for love, faith, or friendship, or who has ever felt challenged or alienated by any one of those—in a word, everyone."
– Baltimore Jewish Times

"A touching tale... Hoffman has crafted a solid story about the intersection of dual identities, Jewish and gay, and of a man’s attempt to come to terms with his faith."
– Between the Lines

"Exemplary storytelling... Sweet Like Sugar is a sweet novel."
– Edge Boston

"Rich prose, well-developed characters, and an intriguing plot. A great read!"
– Fugues Magazine (Montreal)

"A compelling story of love and intergenerational friendship."
– Baltimore Out Loud

"A sweet and compassionate book about friends, family, love, and Judaism..humorous and moving."
– The Jewish Reporter

"You’ll be drawn into the story from the beginning. The author has an appealing writing style and the story is interesting. The life lessons the story focuses on are subtly revealed."
– RT Book Reviews

"Hoffman manages to fuse themes of sexual identity, tolerance, and religious reawakening into a sweet, surprising story about the transformative power of faith and acceptance."
– Tufts Magazine

"Tucked into this story of twenty-something search for love is an unforeseen tale of friendship and faith. Perceptive and lively, Wayne Hoffman’s Sweet Like Sugar builds to a surprisingly deep and honest conclusion."
– Dave King, author of The Ha-Ha

"Here is a modern novel about a truly taboo subject: the love of a Jew for Judaism. A young man and an old Orthodox rabbi dance each other out of despair in a story that is beautifully told, profound and funny."
– Jonathan Rosen, author of Joy Comes in the Morning