Secret Love by Bart Schneider

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Enraptured critics praised Bart Schneider's first novel, Blue Bossa, as "a haunting portrait ... a new work of art" (Chicago Tribune), "a heart-rending story" (San Francisco Chronicle), and "superb . . . masterful . . . breathtaking" (Minneapolis Star-Tribune). Now, Schneider writes about a time simmering with social revolution, but rarely explored in fiction: the mid-1960s in San Francisco.Secret Love tells a double love story. Jake Roseman, a fortyfive-year-old widowed attorney and media darling, whistles jazz as he leads protests with a surer touch than he can apply to his personal life. When Nisa Bohem, a young black actress and activist, recently moved to Chinatown, is drawn to Jake, the two embark on an exquisitely playful and complex romance. Nisa's actor friend Peter also crosses the color line in his love for Simon Sims, the estranged son of a Baptist minister who tries to reconcile his homosexuality with his participation in the Nation of Islam. All four find themselves navigating a strange country of taboo relationships, in the shadow of the Golden Gate. A compelling novel with vivid characters, steeped in the atmosphere and action of the times, Secret Love will appeal to readers who were present in the sixties and to new generations fascinated by an unforgettable period in American history.

About Bart Schneider

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Bart Schneider, a San Francisco native, is the founding editor of The Hungry Mind Review. His debut novel, Blue Bossa, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in First Fiction and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Published March 5, 2001 by Viking Adult. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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While Nisa and Jake cavort around the city—leading sit-ins, speaking at rallies, protesting outside the Republican convention—Peter, Nisa’s gay and Jewish best friend, embarks on a doomed relationship with Simon, the troubled son of Reverend Junius Sims, cologne-drenched leader of the city’s blac...

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Meanwhile, Simon Sims, a bright young black man drawn to the new Muslim cause despised by his Baptist minister father, nurses a homosexual passion for a white actor, but is also drawn by furtive gropings in the park.

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