Hide

Hide

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The story of a hidden life and the very recent history of gay love in America. Set in a declining textile town in North Carolina, Hide is the love story of Wendell Wilson, a taxidermist, and Frank Clifton, a veteran of World War II. They meet after the war, in a time when such love holds real danger. But, severing nearly all ties with the rest of the world, they carve out a home for themselves on the outskirts of town and for decades the routine of self-reliant domesticity--Wendell's cooking, Frank's care for a yard no one sees, and the vicarious drama of courtroom TV--seems to protect them. But when Wendell finds Frank lying motionless outside at the age of eighty-three, their carefully crafted life together begins to unravel. As Frank's physical strength deteriorates and his memory dissolves, Wendell struggles in vain to keep him healthy and to hold onto the man he once knew until, faced with giving care beyond his capacity, he must come to terms with the consequences of half a century in seclusion, the sacrifices they made for each other, and the different lives they might have lived--and most especially the impending, inexorable loss of the one they had.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2016.
ISBN: 9781632863386
1632863383
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 257 pages ; 22 cm

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leewardside
Jan 23, 2018

I spent an hour trying to work out why this book is totally inauthentic into the male experience and why there is an argument against voice appropriation and it all disappeared. So, this is a gay writer using a feminine style of writing, that is, an eye for detail but lacking any emotional resonance--in a word-- overwritten. On top of it all, he's unable to project the fear of exposure, nor express sexual attraction. As I said--totally inauthentic and emotionally hollow. Hell, I didn't even get to the point where Daisy is run over by a lawn mower. I wonder how much aging authors like White, Leavitt and lesser known ones are paid for writing misleading blurbs--wish publishers could be fined for false advertising.

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jannylegs
Jul 11, 2016

** spoiler alert ** I stopped reading when the dog was mauled by the lawnmower.

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