Whistling in the Dark [NOOK Book]

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New York City, 1919. His career as a concert pianist ended by a war injury, Sutton Albright returns to college, only to be expelled after a scandalous affair with a teacher. Unable to face his family, Sutton heads to Manhattan with no plans and little money in his pocket but with a desire to call his life his own.

Jack Bailey lost his parents to influenza and now hopes to save the family novelty shop by advertising on the radio, a medium barely more than a novelty, itself. His ...

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Whistling in the Dark

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Overview

New York City, 1919. His career as a concert pianist ended by a war injury, Sutton Albright returns to college, only to be expelled after a scandalous affair with a teacher. Unable to face his family, Sutton heads to Manhattan with no plans and little money in his pocket but with a desire to call his life his own.

Jack Bailey lost his parents to influenza and now hopes to save the family novelty shop by advertising on the radio, a medium barely more than a novelty, itself. His nights are spent in a careless and debauched romp through the gayer sections of Manhattan.

When these two men cross paths, despite a world of differences separating them, their attraction cannot be denied. Sutton finds himself drawn to the piano, playing for Jack. But can his music heal them both, or will sudden prosperity jeopardize their chance at love?

Tamara Allen has peopled her story with diverse and colorful characters, villains and good guys alike, and keeps the reader involved with a series of subplots that, in my mind, could have filled yet another book. Kudos to the author! --Rainbow Reviews

Tamara Allen's lively book Whistling in the Dark is a touching love story about two young men, just back from World War I, who find each other in New York City in the autumn of 1919... the prose is lively and even musical (fitting, for the themes at play), and the connection between Jack and Sutton is depicted so fully and with such feeling that it almost doesn't matter where we are: New York, Sao Paolo, or The Twilight Zone, a good love story should choke you up and make you laugh in triumph. Those are things Allen does with aplomb. --Edge New York

Engaging all our senses with details that help fix us firmly in the characters world, Allen manages to capture a very real city at a specific point in its history. Dingy alleys, grimy walls, rundown apartments, cluttered shops, Ida's restaurant and her home-cooked meals - we get to see, smell, feel, taste, and hear everything. It's a great complement to a host of very real, very human characters. --Hayden Thorne, Speak its Name --Hayden Thorne, Speak its Name

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940032834205
  • Publisher: Lethe Press
  • Publication date: 10/26/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 604,312
  • File size: 423 KB

Meet the Author

Tamara Allen resides in the piney woods north of Houston with her cozy family of husband, son, and cat. Her primary occupation is keeping them out of trouble, but on the side she likes to make up stories, for the pleasure of living briefly in an era long gone by.
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  • Posted April 25, 2009

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    Delightful gay love story set in 1919 NYC.

    It's 1919, and an overseas war injury ended Sutton Albrecht's promising future as a concert pianist. He returns to college, only to be expelled after the discovery of his affair with a male teacher, disgracing his socially-prominent family he leaves behind, and ends up alone in New York City, a city desperate to party in those final months before nationwide prohibition, hoping for a fresh start. He loses one dead-end job, seemingly to find another one, playing the piano and helping out at a failing novelty shop run by Jack Bailey, about his age and also a war veteran, who inherited the shop from his parents. Taking care of the daily business of the shop is Harry, his parents' longtime employee, who takes Jack under his wing and tries to deter him from his seeming compulsion to spend too many nights partying and getting into trouble. Despite their obviously different backgrounds, Jack and Sutton are drawn to each other, recognizing each other as soulmates damaged in body and soul by a war and a world that doesn't understand them, and a loving relationship develops among the chaos in their daily lives. There are threats from small time hoods to whom Jack owes money, a dream to take an impromptu radio broadcast of Sutton's piano playing into the big time, lack of faith from neighbors who have seen Jack fail before, and even occasional appearances by Woody, an elderly but feisty crocodile kept by one of Jack's employees in the shop's backyard. The relationship is something they both want and need, but are they doomed to failure to keep it going when either or both of them manage to rise above the barebones existence that caused them to meet?

    "Whistling In The Dark" is an outstandingly original, well-written and engrossing love story, set in a time when such stories rarely came out with happy endings. It perfectly captures the personalities of the numerous and diverse, realistic characters, the atmosphere of New York City before it began to "roar" into the 1920's, and serves as proof to younger readers that gay pride didn't really start with Stonewall. I absolutely loved this book, and look forward to others from this talented storyteller. Absolutely, nothing less than a full five tuneful stars out of five!

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