Walter Samson is a successful book editor in post-World War II New York. He has more than enough money, an interesting wife, two smart children, and reason to believe he's leading the good American life-until a chance meeting with Barry Rogers. Barry is blue-collar, handsome, single, and poor. Walter is instantly drawn to Barry and, despite the considerable risks, installs him in the Samson's three-story house on the Upper East Side, where the two men try to keep their amorous relationship secret. Against a backdrop of McCarthy-era fear, with its doleful consequences and with society's pervasive homophobia, Walter manages to alter the direction and course of his life, losing much but gaining more.
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by Anne Lamott
by Anne Perry
by Anne Canadeo
by Anne McCaffrey
by Anne George
by Anne Bishop
"Walter is the epitome of success: editor at a New York publishing firm, husband of a capable wife, and father of two children. He wants nothing more--until he meets Barry, a handsome tradesman who sparks Walter's latent homosexuality. Narrator Paul Michael takes a conversational approach, which perfectly fits this affecting novel about the perils of being gay in 1950s America. Using careful pacing and a just-right level of emotion, Michael pulls the listener into Walter's life of deception and fear of being discovered as he commits to a relationship with a man. Michael's sensitive performance helps listeners appreciate Walter's conflicted feelings of love for both his family and Barry, played out in the McCarthy era, a time of pervasive homophobia. C.B.L. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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