The Man on the Third Floor by Anne Bernays

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Walter Samson is a successful book editor in post World War Two New York. He has more than money, an interesting wife, Phyllis, two smart children and reason to believe he's leading the good American life. That is, until he meets Barry Rogers by chance. Barry is blue collar, handsome, single and poor.

Walter is instantly drawn to Barry and, despite the considerable risks, installs him in the Samson's three story house on the the Upper East Side, where the two men try to keep their amorous relationship secret.

Against a backdrop of McCarthy-era fear with its doleful consequences and with society's pervasive homophobia, Walter manages to alter the direction and course of his life, losing much, gaining more.

About Anne Bernays

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Anne Bernays, a novelist and writing teacher, is the author of eight novels, including "Professor Romeo" and "Growing Up Rich, " as well as two works of nonfiction, including "The Language of Names" written with Justin Kaplan and "What If?" written with Pamela Painter. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous major publications, among them "The Nation, " the "New York Times, Town & Country, " and "Sports Illustrated." She lives in Cambridge and Truro, Massachusetts with her husband, Justin Kaplan. They have three daughters and six grandchildren. Justin Kaplan is also the author of "Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain", winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. He is general editor of "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations" and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is married to the novelist Anne Bernays. They have three daughters and six grandchildren, and live in Cambridge and Truro, Massachusetts.
Published November 16, 2012 by The Permanent Press. 185 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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The man on the third floor is Barry Rogers, part-time driver and full-time lover of Walter Samson, who lives with his wife, Phyllis, and two children, Henry and Kate, in the lower floors of a spacious house on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

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Walter also meets Barry Rogers, a carpet-layer who, like Walter, is a closeted homosexual, and Walter soon persuades Barry to accept a position as handyman and chauffeur for the Samsons and to move into their home.

Sep 03 2012 | Read Full Review of The Man on the Third Floor

City Book Review

Walter Samson has a lovely family, a devoted wife, a powerful position at a major publishing house, a beautiful New York townhouse—and, tucked in among the warren of servants’ rooms on the third floor, a boarder who is not who anyone thinks he is.

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