Silver Lake

Silver Lake

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by Peter Gadol

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Two architects, two men turning forty who have been involved professionally and personally for twenty years, are beginning to see their practice and their marriage falter.


Two architects, two men turning forty who have been involved professionally and personally for twenty years, are beginning to see their practice and their marriage falter.

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The peaceful home life of two L.A. architects is brutally disrupted after they find their overnight guest, eccentric artist Tom Field, hanging from their neighbor's tree in Gadol's sad, chilling sixth novel. Is it suicide, murder or a prank gone seriously wrong? As LAPD's Detective Michaels investigates, the architects Rob Voight and his partner of 20 years, Carlo Stein, each nurse a secret. Carlo, who met Tom after a carjacking months earlier, had an affair with him that ended before Tom showed up at their office needing a phone. Rob retrieves Tom's address book without telling Carlo or Michaels, and begins calling Tom's contacts to inform them of his death and to learn more about him. Acts of vandalism aimed at Rob and Carlo contribute to the brooding sense of unease. While some readers may find the ending confusing, Gadol (Light at Dusk) scores points about the importance of truth in enduring relationships. (Aug.)

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On the surface, Robbie and Carlo seem to have the perfect life, sharing a beautiful home and an architecture firm. Robbie is a dreamy optimist; Carlo is pragmatic and responsible. Their peace is shattered one night by a seemingly random crime, but they discover that the foundation of their relationship had been compromised by fault lines long before the attractive stranger named Tom appeared at their door. For the first time in 20 years, both men find themselves keeping secrets from each other and testing their respective roles in the relationship. Despite the intimations of violence, Gabol's sixth novel (after Light at Dusk) isn't a thriller but rather an exploration of how the fear of loneliness can restrict or damage lives, written in a leisurely, restrained literary style. VERDICT Fans of domestic novels will appreciate the finely drawn portrait of a long-term couple confronting the choices they have made in life, but readers may not be persuaded that Tom is as fascinating as everyone else in the book believes. [Tyrus Books is the new publishing venture of former Bleak House founding editor Benjamin LeRoy; this title was originally listed as a Bleak House publication.—Ed.]—Devon Thomas, DevIndexing, Chelsea, MI

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Peter Gadol was born on April 15, 1964 and grew up in Westfield, New Jersey. He was graduated from Harvard College in 1986. While at Harvard, he studied writing with Seamus Heaney, wrote a thesis on Wallace Stevens under the supervision of Helen Vendler, edited the literary magazine The Harvard Advocate, and was for two years a fiction intern atThe Atlantic.

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Silver Lake 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
bigbearphx More than 1 year ago
Carlo and Robbie are a middle-aged gay couple in Silver Lake (an upscale, rustic suburb of Los Angeles) who own a business together in town, and live together in a glass house, literally and figuratively. A seemingly random visit by a younger man, asking to use the phone at their office to call a mechanic after a car breakdown, exposes the cracks in their seemingly solid twenty-year relationship. Asked to play a round of tennis with Robbie, and then to their home for dinner, the young man's unusual insights and dark conversation both intrigues and scares the men. When the young man has too much to drink they invite him to spend the night in their guest room, but awake the next morning to find he has apparently committed suicide by hanging himself in their yard. The incident, and reflections on their brief connection with the young man, continues to drive the couple apart, as they ponder that night and the feelings it brought to the surface. A rather dark but excellent story, illustrating how compromises in a relationship can come back to hurt its participants, and how easy it is for real communication to break down. It's also an outstanding character study of the couple, the young man, and also a fatherless teenager whom the couple has occasionally mentored. There's even an element of mystery, in that you know there is more to this than the characters have said, so far, and you don't really find out the entire truth until the ending of the story, when the other characters do as well. I give it five out of five stars, dangling from a blackened pepper tree. - Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
JulesWrite527 More than 1 year ago
Silver Lake is not your typical mystery. Tom Field, a houseguest at the home of partners Robbie and Carlo, takes his own life in the middle of the night. Tom's death affects Robbie and Carlo in different ways and causes both men to look at their relationship and themselves, the secrets they keep and the lies they tell. And along the way the reader also searches for the truth as to what exactly happened to Tom that night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my den.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The last ten pages or so are just too confusing.
CozyRead More than 1 year ago
Haven't wanted to try to read further than 20 pgs - did not get my interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago