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Whistling in the Dark

Whistling in the Dark [Kindle Edition]

Tamara Allen
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New York, 1919. His career as a concert pianist ended by a war injury, Sutton Albright returns to college, only to be expelled after an affair with a teacher. Unable to face his family, he heads to New York with no plans and little money—only a desire to call his life his own. Jack Bailey’s life has changed as well. After losing his parents in the influenza epidemic, he hopes to save their beloved novelty shop—now his—by advertising on the radio, barely more than a novelty, itself. Sutton lands work in Jack’s corner of the city and the two conclude they couldn’t be less suited for friendship. But when Sutton loses his job, Jack gives him a place to stay. Sutton returns to the piano to play for Jack and finds the intervening months have healed him. The program promises to rescue Jack’s business and Sutton’s career...but success brings its own risks for two men falling in love.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 698 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Lethe Press (10 Dec 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NIZ616
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #254,517 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Run to not walk to buy this book 7 April 2009
By Erastes
I've read many reviews of WITD over the past couple of months, and I admit thinking that surely it can't be as good as people were saying. Even though the people saying it were mainly my peers. people from The Macaronis and Speak Its Name, people whose own writing and opinion I value highly. I think that's because I'm the same about any review, be it a film or book or TV programme-I'll take reviews on board, but I'll generally watch or read it anyway.

I wasn't, therefore, expecting to be as impressed as I was.

Whistling in the Dark has a fairly simple premise, a young man from Kansas moves to New York. In this we have a classic set-up for the "innocent abroad" except in this case, Sutton Albright isn't really quite as much of the innocent as he appears. He's a little too serious, gay, just been expelled from school for an affair with a teacher and before that he had been serving in France in the first world war. Although ostensibly relatively undamaged on the outside, he carries the darkness of war with him, buried deep. He's the son of a wealthy man, and his surname betrays this to all he meets, although he's penniless and doesn't talk about his past, immediate or otherwise. Down to his last pennies, he lands a job at Ida's diner and tries to settle down.

Next door lives Jack Bailey, a careless ne'er do well, who has taken over his parents' novelty store and is struggling to start his own radio station to boot. With these two characters in place, the book could have progressed in a predictable manner, to be read and forgotten as many romances are but it does not do that.

Ms Allen herself calls this a "cuddly romance," and I have to disagree with her. Yes-granted-on the surface that's one level.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books of 2008 3 Feb 2009
By Mylodon
Sometimes a novel and its characters grab you so much that you can't put it down. 'Whistling in The Dark' is exactly that sort of book.

Well written, amusing, moving, it gives an atmospheric picture of post WWI New York. Best of all is the portrayal of the two leading men, both struggling in different ways to come to terms with their time serving in Europe and the very different world they returned to. Their blossoming romance is a constant delight, the humour and affection they have for each other a real pleasure to read.

This isn't a story which is just rose-tinted, though. The hardships and difficulties facing veterans, returning home to a time of great uncertainty, aren't skipped over. Jack Bailey and Sutton Albright have a lot to overcome but they grow together while overcoming it. These two are now a permanent fixture in my mind, very believable characters in a a hopeful, heart warming story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars strongly recommended 19 Mar 2009
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Stumbled across this by accident , bought it on spec and what a delight it turned out to be. I could use adjectives like heart-warming, touching, feel-good (which it is) and you may think soppy, boring (which it definitely isnt). The characters are so vividly portraited - and not just the 2 leads (Jack & Sutton)but all the supporting characters too (Harry, Es, Ox, Gert, etc). Nobody is 2-dimensional- they are all real, complex & surprising in small & big ways. The storyline tackles serious & upsetting topics too (like mental health and the impact of war on young men)but there is an underlying tenderness & caring about the characters which pulls you through to the satisfying (and yes heart-warming) conclusion. Definitely a keeper to read again. Buy it!
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