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The Lost Language of Cranes | [David Leavitt]

The Lost Language of Cranes

Set in the 1980s against the backdrop of a swiftly gentrifying Manhattan, The Lost Language of Cranes tells the story of twenty-five-year-old Philip, who realizes he must come out to his parents after falling in love for the first time with a man. Philip's parents are facing their own crisis: pressure from developers and the loss of their longtime home.
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Set in the 1980s against the backdrop of a swiftly gentrifying Manhattan, The Lost Language of Cranes tells the story of twenty-five-year-old Philip, who realizes he must come out to his parents after falling in love for the first time with a man. Philip's parents are facing their own crisis: pressure from developers and the loss of their longtime home. But the real threat to this family is Philip's father's own struggle with his latent homosexuality, realized only in his Sunday afternoon visits to gay porn theaters. Philip's admission to his parents and his father's hidden life provoke changes that forever alter the landscape of their worlds.

This production is part of our Audible Modern Vanguard line, a collection of important works from groundbreaking authors.

©1988 David Leavitt; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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"Fascinating. Lingers in the mind...Mr. Leavitt''s sense of pacing, his graceful sentences and his storytelling ability dovetail nicely." (Philip Lopate, New York Times Book Review)

"A brilliant, wise first novel. The delight of the book is Leavitt''s style. It flashes with pathos, anger, and camp wit; it rises to a subtle urban lyricism." (Vogue)

"An amazingly perceptive novel." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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    Leavitt's neat prose leads us through this deeply felt, touching story. The plot itself may seem weird, at a first glance. But let it take you by the hand and follow its humane, passionate, suffering characters. A very good reader makes the experience exquisite.

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