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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.
Anne Bernays is the author of over a dozen books, including Growing up Rich. Her writing has appeared in the Nation and The New York Times, among others.
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Sweet In Many Ways - Not What I Would Call A Romance Story
This is an overall interesting book - different from others I’d read. As it takes place in a different time, I felt myself hosting a lot of judgements that may not be fair. I’m finding a disturbing and difficult pattern in some of the “escape” (romance) books. The first being - anything that falls into sexual assault makes me uncomfortable with a “romance” label. Anything that has an assault on a child for sure kicks that FAR out of “romance.” I really don’t know if it’s fair to classify this as a romance. It is, and isn’t. It’s more about “people” as they navigate a time before Stonewall and Pride parades, and so men having secret affairs - while realistic - I don’t find “romantic.” The other family members and the struggles make me to sad to feel whims of “romance.” Still - the book is quite well written and the story is very intriguing! But for how it’s classified, if you’re expecting anything romantic or slightly erotic, I’d be concerned if anyone felt “aroused” by this one.
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