Powerful and affecting in its honesty, A Smile in His Lifetime traces Whit Miller's course from the bewildering break-up of a marriage he never understood, through a series of homosexual relationships, to a kind of resolution.
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Whit Miller is a struggling author in a misguided marriage that is far from conventional. Married young to Del, she thought he would outgrow his attraction to other men despite Whit's denials; now she tolerates his nights spent with his lovers. But when Whit finally meets with success as an author everything else falls apart, and he finds no consolation in the abundant material wealth he acquires. With a life that is now beset by loneliness, a combination of one night stands, shaky relationships and love unrequited, he is tempted to take drastic measures.Told with Hansen's familiar attention to detail and in his typical dry voice A Smile in His Lifetime is a compelling story, a wry observation of the times and a society which force men like Whit into an unhappy and desperate life. Hansen creates some memorable and often appealing characters: Burr, the strong black who wants Whit for himself, Jamie, the beautiful young man who becomes an obsession for Whit, and Kenny, the half-Indian boy next door who never stays around long enough; along with many others. It is a moving but far from sentimental tale, it is also a very convincing story; its open ended conclusion will undoubtedly have you pondering the consequences.