Silver Lake

Silver Lake

by Peter Gadol
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Silver Lake by Peter Gadol

A 2010 Lambda Award Finalist for Best Novel

Robbie and Carlo have been involved professionally and personally for twenty years. Lately, though, their architectural practice and their marraige are beginning to falter.

One fall day, Tom Field, a peculiar young man, drifts into their storefront office asking to use the phone. The men get to talking; Tom is curious but enchanting, and Robbie ends up playing tennis with him that afternoon, ultimately inviting him home for dinner.

The ensuing evening involves a lot of wine and banter and then increasingly dark conversation, and when the stranger has had too much to drink, the two men insist he sleep in their guest room.

During the night, Tom commits an act of violence that shatters the couple's ordered lives—the men are forced to cope with the blossoming doubt and corrosive secrets. Each in his own way, Robbie and Carlo seek to understand the disquiet stemming from their time with Tom.

"...beautifully written, suspenseful new novel..."
-Los Angeles Times

"In his trademark crystalline prose, reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith, Gadol vividly illustrates the universal themes of the stranger who comes to town, the quest for redemption, and the entanglement of deception."


"Silver Lake is compulsively readable, a novel that combines all the suspense of a psychological thriller with beautifully observed details of contemporary domestic life in Los Angeles. This is a haunting book full of both beauty and dread."
-Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, author of Ms. Hempel Chronicles

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440530722
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 06/01/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 100
File size: 606 KB

About the Author

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 athe 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.
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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