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WINNNER OF THE CROOK'S CORNER BOOK PRIZE 2016 'This is a great love story' Edmund White, author of A Boy's Own Story Wendell Wilson, a taxidermist, and Frank Clifton, a veteran, meet after the Second World War. But, in this declining textile town in a southern US state, their love holds real danger. Severing nearly all ties with the rest of the world, they carve out a home for themselves on the outskirts of town. For decades, their 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 memory and physical strength deteriorate, Wendell struggles in vain to hold on to the man he once knew. Faced with giving care beyond his capacity, he must come to terms with the consequences of half a century in seclusion: the different lives they might have lived - and the impending, inexorable loss of the one they had.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryRomanceRomanceHealth & WellbeingHealth & PsychologyFamily & relationshipsDating, relationships, living together & marriage Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 11/08/2016 ISBN-13: 9781408867082  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Matthew Griffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He was born and raised in North Carolina and currently lives with his husband in Louisiana, where he is a visiting professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. This is his first novel. matthewgriffinwriter.com @mattygrif

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Touching, without being overly sentimental, this is a powerful, aching love story of a male couple who meet just after the Second World War. Told in alternating chapters of the beginning and ending of their self-secluded relationship, the detail and dialogue in the novel is clear and crisp, allowing the characters room to demonstrate their clandestine affection for each other. This is a rare novel; meaningful and poignant and which speaks with the authority of age and experience, yet comes from a writer only just beginning his writing career.

Gary, Charing Cross Road

 

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 08/08/2016

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