Double Life: A Love Story from Broadway to Hollywood
Gay marriage is at the forefront of America's political battles. The human story at the center of this debate is told in Double Life: A Love Story, a dual memoir by a gay male couple in a 50 plus year relationship. With high profiles in the entertainment, advertising and art communities, the authors offer a virtual timeline of how gay relationships have gained acceptance i...more
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Because it is a fascinating story. A gay couple that have been together for fifty years, and lived semi-openly but quietly despite the nature of th...more
To use my favorite (borrowed line), Alan and Norman were "gay before it was fashionable." They meet in the late 1950s/early 60s, when Alan was a struggling actor and Norman was a freelance illustrator, both living in New York. Both are veterans of failed marriages with women and difficult earl...more
With the whole equality and marriages being in the news so much these days, I was a little worried that this book may come across as a little bit preachy but that wasn't the case.
The problem with this site and rating books is that you can't give half stars. Rating it a 3 makes it sound like the book isn't as good as it actually is yet I wouldn't say it's good enough for a four, hence the 3.5 score on my site.
Despite it's subtitle, this isn't so much a story of the couple than two stories in one book, as chapters alternate between Shayne and Sunshine's recollections of mostly professional setbacks and successes. Obviously, their stories intersect, but it really focuses more on the two men's separate stories with the other as the supporting...more
This book is about many things, but at its core is the 50+ year long marriage of two interesting people: Alan Shayne, an actor turned producer, and Norman Sunshine, an artist in many areas. Parts of the book describe their friendships with a great many famous people, so, fun to read. the heart of the book, though, is the love Alan and Norman share, practically from the moment they met, the bickering and misunderstandings that are part of any relationship, and of course, the double life they had...more
This is their story, told in alternating viewpoints, beautifully and in much detail about how politics, attitudes, legislation and their friends and colleagues changed over the 50 years of their love.
While homosexuality was cast out many had no role mo...more
I found that the authors related the same ups and downs, initial comic blunders and poignancy or all marriages yet with a backdrop of glamorous singers, theater ico...more
They do seem like amazing people. It would be awesome to meet them in real life. I wish them many more years of happiness.
A friend who read it said it should be a textbook in schools! I agree.
I recommend it, you wont want to put it down.
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"Look how fast the leaves are falling now," Alan says. "The trees will be bare in a couple of days. Do you realize that we have watched the leaves fall together for more than fifty autumns?"
I stand quietly, looking at Alan, letting his words sink in. I am suddenly so moved.”