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Searching for Gilead

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  5 reviews
"Searching for Gilead" is a chronicle of love, laughter, and loss. Over the span of three and a half decades, the members of the Compton and Fischer families have seen the world change, both in and out of their homes. Linked initially by the love affair of two of the sons, Jonathan and Tom, the families' relationships evolve into an intriguing web.The novel traces the conn ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 22nd 2011 by (first published September 1st 2011)
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Hans Hirschi
I'm really glad I read this book. I recently met the author online, and rather than reading his autobiographic novel about his dying husband, I figured I'd start with this one.

First of all, I'm glad and really thankful for my education, compliments of the European obsession with culture, philosophy and "you never know when you might need this" knowledge. This is not a book for those who think Kirkegaard is the name of the muppets' chef or that Boutros Boutros Ghali is some Egyptian dish. I'm gla
Jenn (Booksessed)
When I was initially pitched this book for a review I was thrilled that I was being offered a book that had gay characters. I don’t often read many books with gay characters outside of the YA genre, and even then it’s usual the character’s “gayness” that is the big issue in the novel, or the catalyst for a series of issues. What I loved about this book was it wasn’t a novel about gay protagonists; it is a novel about the human condition whose protagonists just happen to be gay.

The novel is broke
Gregory Allen
The great thing about vacation is endulging in reading some great books. On my trip to Mexico I had the pleasure of seeing author David Hallman and the timing felt right to read his novel on the flight home. Im glad I did. Hallman has utilized that same exquisite use of description, narrative, and characterization fom his memoir in this, his debut novel. Full of love, longing and social issues, Hallman pulls his readers into his world and takes them on a beautiful journey through several decades ...more
Matthew Crehan Higgins
This is a challenging novel that follows its central couple and their dissimilar but intricately linked families over 34 years through five distinct time periods. It is very satisfying in bringing back characters who seem minor at an earlier section and making the major later on. While it gets complicated and makes many twists and turns it never loses focus on portraying in a compelling way the unexpected ways in which life changes.

Well written, sweet at times, incredibly sad at times. The gay men are so recognizable in character, their challenges so very much real life.
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David G. Hallman worked on environmental ethics for most of his career and during that time authored five books. Now retired, his writing has branched into different genres. A memoir "August Farewell" was released in early 2011 and his first novel "Searching for Gilead" was released in the fall of 2011. David's longterm partner Bill died suddenly of pancreatic cancer in August 2011. David continue ...more
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