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Author: Matthew Griffin

ISBN: 9781408867099
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 24 August 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.5 x 2.2
The story of a hidden life, the story of a secret love. Moving from the end of the Second World War to the present day, a breathtaking debut novel about the decades-long relationship between a gay couple

'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 se...

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