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Winter Eyes

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
A haunting and remarkable novel, Winter Eyes is a tale of family secrets, silence, relevation-and the hope for healing and change. A spell-binding achievement, Winter Eyes richly fulfills the promise Booklist saw when it hailed Dancing on Tisha B'av as the debut of "a bright new talent in American fiction."
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 15th 1993 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1992)
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Nov 04, 2014 Benjamin rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay-fiction
Winter Eyes tells the Story of Stefan, from a young child through to the age of eighteen. He was born not long after WWII, an only child, his parents Polish émigrés. His father a college professor, harsh and distant, and his mother discontent as a housewife, it is his uncle he warms to, initially through learning to play the piano, his uncle being a music teacher. But all the while he is troubled by the lack of knowledge of his family’s past; it is something not to be discussed.

His parent’s marr
This collection of essays by the author of Dancing on Tisha B'av, Winter Eyes, not to mention the Nick Hoffman mystery series, focuses on his twin comings-out, as a Jew and as a gay man. The child of Holocaust survivors, Raphael was raised in a secular Jewish household, and it was not until he was an adult that he began to explore and embrace his religion. In the process, he met Gersh, whom he would also explore and embrace ;-)) (sorry, irresistable!).

In an excellent essay, "Empty Memory? Gays i
Dec 26, 2011 Juan rated it it was ok
Shelves: gay-lit
It started out well enough, I suppose, with a very promising premise. My problem with the book is that it steadily loses coherence as it progresses, barely exploiting the wealth of complexities that are made possible because of the characters in it. The whole story feels as though it is hanging, without a resolution. And it ends without that resolution one would expect, coming from reading the author's short stories. One is better rewarded by reading Dancing on Tisha B'Av than this novel.
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Apr 26, 2011 John Champneys rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels
Partway into it I wrote
"So far, I'm totally captivated".
Unfortunately the book soon lost its magic for me, even though I desperately wanted to like it.
It's fairly common these days in my reading to have a book 'drag its feet', and just over half-way through this book did that in a big way for me. I'm afraid I desperately wanted it to end so I could get on with the next book.
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I've wanted to be an author since I was in second grade and fell in love with "The Three Musketeers", which I read to pieces. It hasn't been a swashbuckling life exactly, but one full of surprises, including recently selling my literary papers to Michigan State University's Libraries.

Since second grade, I've loved all sorts of books and have ended up writing nineteen books in many genres: memoir,
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