Anne Bernays The Man on the Third Floor

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The Man on the Third Floor

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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.

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About the Author:

ANNE BERNAYS is the author of ten novels and several works of nonfiction. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous major publications, among them the Nation, New York Times, Town & Country, and Sports Illustrated. A longtime teacher of writing, she is currently on the faculty of Lesley University's MFA program in writing and is a writing instructor at Harvard's Nieman Foundation. Her novel Growing Up Rich won the Edward Lewis Wallent Award, and Professor Romeo was a New York Times Notable Book. She lives in Cambridge and Truro, Massachusetts, with her husband, Justin Kaplan.

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''It's what Edith Wharton or Louis Auchincloss might have written had they been free to write about a middle-aged and apparently happy man who finds himself falling in love with another man.'' --Michael Korda, #1 New York Times bestselling author

''I just love this book. It's my favorite of all her books by light-years.'' --Annie Dillard, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

''Bernays deftly articulates the difficulties faced by homosexuals during the McCarthy witch-hunt years . . . [She] explores a dramatic era in American history and the psyches of her characters with equal ease in this well-written and entertaining new novel.'' --Publishers Weekly

''Anne Bernays is a wonderful writer, and The Man On The Third Floor is an elegant and compelling meditation on love, work, loyalty, and sexual desire.'' --Hilma Wolitzer, author of An Available Man

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