The Night Listener: A Novel

By Armistead Maupin

"I'm a fabulist through trade," warns Gabriel Noone, a late-night radio storyteller, as he starts off to untangle the skeins of his tumultuous existence: his crumbling ten-year love affair, his disaffection from his Southern father, his longtime weak spot for ignoring fact. Gabriel's so much sympathetic listener is Pete Lomax, a thirteen-year-old fan in Wisconsin whose personal bad prior has left him clever and beneficiant past his years. but if this digital father-son dating is rocked through doubt, a determined look for the reality ensues. Welcome to the advanced, vertiginous international of The evening Listener....

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Infrequently, fairly. yet i need to bear in mind it’s attainable. They’re a membership, you recognize. With their very own chat rooms and every little thing. they usually don’t love it while humans snitch. ” “Do you recognize who they're? ” “No. Pete might determine a few of them, I’m definite, yet he shouldn’t need to. no longer now, now not anymore. He did his task whilst he grew to become his mom and dad in. That used to be adequate hell for a life-time. Now I simply wish him to consider secure. ” “But whilst the publication is published…” “Well, that’s why he by no means mentions Wysong. Or his start identify, for that topic. We’ve labored all this out with Ashe Findlay. i feel we’ve coated all of the bases. ” one other silence, after which: “Anyway, the purpose of relocating right here used to be to not be paranoid. To get the feared stuff at the back of us. ” “I comprehend. ” “I’m happy you’re in his lifestyles, Gabriel. You’re a great guy. i need him to understand that grownups will be relied on. ” days later, a manila envelope arrived from Wysong. I studied it like a few sacred artifact, turning it over slowly in my palms, savoring the jangly Midwestern consonants in their deal with: 511 Henzke highway. while I opened the envelope, out tumbled a kitschy postcard of Neilson’s old vehicle Barn, it appears photographed within the seventies, judging from the pantsuits at the travelers. at the again Donna had scrawled: “Okay, so it ain’t the Guggenheim. ” the opposite merchandise was once a photo of Pete. He was once status in entrance of a storage door in denims and a grey sweatshirt, a small-boned boy donning a crooked smile underneath a tangle of black hair. His eyes have been his so much arresting characteristic: a faded, gleaming eco-friendly that stopped you chilly with their sheer unlikelihood. Like these beautiful stones you discover at the seashore occasionally that turn out, upon nearer exam, to be fragments of a pop bottle, roughed up by means of the sea. 5 SEMAPHORE FOR MY FATHER and stepmother’s stopover at I selected a posh new pan-Asian position at the Embarcadero. I selected it for its great purple blowfish chandelier and the truth that the maître d’ could most likely make a fuss over me. i used to be exhibiting off, God aid me, to a guy I had battled royally for part a century and a girl I slightly recalled from a highschool trig classification. They have been family members, for what it used to be worthy, Pap and Darlie; i wished them to determine who I’d ultimately turn into, a lot of these years later, considering the fact that i used to be not definite myself. however the maître d’ had known as in ailing that night, so we have been greeted as a substitute through a type of haughty, terrified tartlets who shield the door at areas like Planet Hollywood. “Newman? ” she requested with a frown, scanning her reservations checklist. “Noone,” I stated as genially as attainable. “Gabriel. ” “Oh. Gabriel is the final identify? ” “No. Noone is the final identify. ” Get me a gay, i presumed. locate me a cocksucker instantly. “Oh,” she acknowledged finally. “I imagine there’s a observe right here. ” there has been a be aware there, and she or he learn each piece of it, too, as evidenced by means of the faint flow of her lips. ultimately, she smiled and advised us to keep on with her, her heels clicking well at the tile flooring as she defined in regards to the maître d’s disorder.

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