The Man on the Third Floor
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11/15/2012
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Bernays, A. (2012). The Man on the Third Floor. Unabridged Blackstone Publishing.

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Bernays, Anne. 2012. The Man On the Third Floor. Blackstone Publishing.

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Bernays, Anne, The Man On the Third Floor. Blackstone Publishing, 2012.

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Bernays, Anne. The Man On the Third Floor. Unabridged Blackstone Publishing, 2012.

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        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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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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      • content: Walter is the epitome of success: editor at a New York publishing firm, husband of a capable wife, and father of two children. He wants nothing more--until he meets Barry, a handsome tradesman who sparks Walter's latent homosexuality. Narrator Paul Michael takes a conversational approach, which perfectly fits this affecting novel about the perils of being gay in 1950s America. Using careful pacing and a just-right level of emotion, Michael pulls the listener into Walter's life of deception and fear of being discovered as he commits to a relationship with a man. Michael's sensitive performance helps listeners appreciate Walter's conflicted feelings of love for both his family and Barry, played out in the McCarthy era, a time of pervasive homophobia. C.B.L. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine
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        In her 10th novel (after Short Pleasures), Bernays deftly articulates the difficulties faced by homosexuals during the McCarthy witch-hunt years. Walter Samson is a senior editor at Griffin House, a respected Manhattan publisher, where he discovers the right-wing “cash cow” author Edgar Fleming. Walter also meets Barry Rogers, a carpet-layer who, like Walter, is a closeted homosexual, and Walter soon persuades Barry to accept a position as handyman and chauffeur for the Samsons and to move into their home. Sheltered under one roof, the duo covertly indulge one another’s sexual appetites, and while Walter confesses that Barry is “the deepest, most satisfying love of my life,” he also fears losing his social standing and family. Walter’s daughter grows wise to her father’s exploits, followed by their blackmailing cook. After hearing word of Communist sympathizers in Griffin’s employ, Edgar abandons his publisher in a huff, and Walter’s “snake pit” deepens after a reporter exposes his affair. Bernays explores a dramatic era in American history and the psyches of her characters with equal ease in this well-written and entertaining new novel. Agent: Robert Guinsler, Sterling Lord Literistic.

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