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Look Away Silence

4.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  79 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Martin Powers wanted an ironing board for Christmas. Instead, he got . . . Matthew Kieler, a non-returnable gift, but a gift that kept on giving. Chance encounters are sometimes the ones that most change our lives. He sold Matt a tie, but got more in the bargain - more than most people would want and more than anyone deserved. Although these lovers may not have had the pin ...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published July 17th 2009 by Createspace (first published July 15th 2009)
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Feb 27, 2010 Kassa rated it it was amazing
This is an intensely emotional story about a young couple that falls in love, only to face the AIDS crisis instead of matching pink rockers on the porch. At a time when the government was refusing to acknowledge the crisis and the immortality of youth cast a protective pall over young gay men, this couple must cope with a horrible disease and the ramifications within their family and larger community. A very intensely moving story that packs an incredible punch, the last half left me crying all ...more
How can you love something that hurts so much? I don't know, but I do. Maybe it's because I met Martin and Matt. The characters grabbed me from the very first page, then I grew to love them dearly, and they will stay with me for a long time to come. It's a beautifully written, but oh, so VERY heartbreaking story. It's definitely going on my keeper shelf.
Jun 28, 2010 Shanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the most powerfully poignant book I've ever read and I doubt I'll be able to read it again. But it's a book that needs to be read, it's a story that needs to be remembered. It brings into focus a period in history that many were just spectators for, and lets us witness two men falling in love and letting go. It's about love and loss and what comes after. This book had been recommended to me and I was warned that I'd need my tissues handy. I had no idea how powerfully I would be moved. Th ...more
Dec 29, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure if I can put my feelings into words….this book was beautiful, funny, hopeful, tearful, heartbreaking…my stomach hurt through at least half the book…my eyes hurt because I have cried so much. The Author writes with such realism, it felt like I was reading a memoir. I'm angry. I'm angry that it took so long for our government to acknowledge this pandemic. I'm angry that the drug companies have so much control. I'm angry that the insurance companies turned their backs. I'm angry that t ...more
Emma Sea
I'm not rating the book, because I'd feel really bad giving any book about the battle against HIV only 2 stars. Sadly I just didn't like it a whole lot, however that doesn't mean it isn't an important book. It is an important book. Very moving and tragic, and covers an important part of the history of human rights. Made me cry an incredible amount at the end.
Todd Fonseca
Sep 30, 2009 Todd Fonseca rated it it was amazing
Look Away Silence – A Beautifully Written Novel
Rating: 5 of 5, TMBOA Recommended
Author: Edward C. Patterson
Available: Paperback, Kindle

Every Christmas, Martin Powers found love. Unfortunately, it rarely lasted beyond New Years day. That is, until he met Matthew Kieler - a southern transplant, complete with cowboy hat, drawl, and enchanting blue eyes. Theirs was a love that transcended the moment and as time marched on, their love grew deeper and deeper and Martin realized he’d found the love he
 ♥ ♥Lynn ♥ ♥
I read this book last year and it is still one of my favorite reads. I didn't know what the story was about when I purchased it. I was honestly worried when introduced to Martin Powers. At first glance, I thought he was a one dimensional character. HOWEVER....once Matthew Kieler enters the picture, you can't stop yourself from being pulled into the story.

I cried like a baby reading this. I mean, how could you not? (view spoiler)
Jun 21, 2011 Kat rated it really liked it
A surprisingly good read.
While I'm not really into books of such topics, it was a nice change of pace.
It brought something new into my knowledge: HIV and AIDS. Oh yes, I've heard about it enough before, but never really knew how this condition affected people. It was eye-opening in that sense.

I sort of admired Viv, the main character's mom. She has a very interesting personality. The main character Martin too. Funny how he would refer himself as a girl. I don't know any gay people in real life
Lucas Grandkoski
Oct 10, 2011 Lucas Grandkoski rated it it was amazing
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Nov 03, 2011 Manuela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing story. It's difficult to say something about books like this. Words like "I like it" or "it's great" feel kinda wrong, because of the dramatic subject of the story. I'll just say this is a book that made me cry, because Matt and Martin are such lovable characters and their love for each other is so strong that I just wanted them to be happy, but that is not always possible for them. But in good and bad times, they are there for each other and their love never waver. I think th ...more
May 06, 2011 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay, fiction, pwa-hiv
Curiously engaging, this book. Shifts of character and of tone mark the progress as much as events, so themes are less presented to the reader than they grow on one. I couldn't begin to write anything objective about Look Away Silence however, because it mirrored my own life during that time so closely. I was a southern boy in Maine, then, not New Jersey - but Edward Patterson caught the feel of that joyful and horrific time. Is it a difficult read? Perhaps, depending on your experience, it is. ...more
Kaye Kelly
Sep 09, 2012 Kaye Kelly rated it it was amazing
In all honesty, after reading the blurb for this book I thought it was about an orphan being taken in by a single bloke - sort of Maeve Bincheish. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be the story of two gay men and the AIDS epidemic when it first burst upon the scene in the States. I won't tell you more about the plot line as that last sentence says it all. What I will say is that it's not a worthy story as one would think, but a story full of wit and humor liberally laced with tear-jerkin ...more
Mary Gresham
Sep 21, 2011 Mary Gresham rated it it was amazing
Excellent book, but it was very hard for me to even finish. I realized halfway through what was going to happen and i didn't want it to. Made me realize just how lucky I am to have made it through being a teenager in the 80's, doing some of the stupid stuff I did, not to have gotten HIV or something else, unlike my friend Mark. I applaude you, Edward, for a very eye opening book, however hard it was for me to read.
May 16, 2016 Elaine rated it it was amazing
"I was...I was his Pumpkin." Matt: he was shy; with a good heart, and he loved Martin.
Martin: he was a bold one. A child of Christmas. He wanted house hold appliances as gifts. This story takes place during the AIDS epidemic. When the President Of the United States wouldn't say the word AIDS. The tells us of our Government letting so many people die with out helping them. Martin, and Matt met at Martin's work place when Martin sold Matt a ugly tie. The story was well written. The characters was
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Looks horribly sad but... kindle freebie today, 9/28/13!
J.R. Tomlin
Apr 15, 2011 J.R. Tomlin rated it it was amazing
I bought this novel with a lot of doubt. I had already read part of the sample and knew where it was going. I lost friends during the plague years and cried enough tears. Did I really want to read about it? But I wanted to know what happened to Martin Powers. Edward Patterson did a marvelous job of making the reader like this vulnerable young man, so I had to read it.

Look Away Silence is the story of Martin Powers who works at the men's wear counter of a large New Jersey department store. He's a
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Feb 08, 2013 Barb ~rede-2-read~ rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Barb ~rede-2-read~ by: Samantha
Powerful! This is a beautiful, emotional, moving tribute to those who died of AIDS during the 80's, the early years when our country looked away from the men and their families who suffered from this incurable disorder.

When I first started reading the story of Martin, a funny, happy-go-lucky gay man in New Jersey who got most of his pleasure from warbling with the NJ Sparrows, a gay singing group, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. I didn't see then that the author was setting me up to se
Jul 15, 2010 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Keep tissues handy when you read this beautiful love story that takes place in the early days of HIV/AIDS. I wept many times.

Edward C. Patterson's "Look Away Silence" is a story about many kinds of love besides the romance between Matt and Martin; it is about loving communities and families, and volunteers who take on the difficult duties in order to provide respite to caregivers. It is about people who find strength during crises that they believe will take them down: people who are phenomenall
Nov 04, 2010 Alli rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-read
I agree with every 5 star review: this was an outstanding story.

The love between Martin & Matt was sweet & beautiful.(it reminded me of the snow that Matt loved so much) Martin's progression from self-centered, mindless "unbrave" to devoted caregiver to reluctant activist was so well done. Also, a very accurate portrayal of the tragic time when so many were basically ignored to death.

The 1st portion of the book was a bit slower but at a certain point, it started moving like a bullet. Th
Summer Michaels
I reread this book for a challenge for World Aids Day. This book slays me still. I can not stop crying. Martin and Matthew are still my all time favorite characters. There are no words to express how much I love this story. Edward Patterson is brilliant.
This book ripped my heart out, stomped on it and left it quivering in the dust! But it was done so masterfully. Mr. Patterson has the ability to create characters that come to life, change and grow before our eyes.
Feb 26, 2016 Monika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: g-romance
There is nothing I can say about this book that hasn't already been said.....I'm lost, I can't find the words to describe this book!

It's something you need to read to understand.

Tissue by your side is a must!
Dec 24, 2013 Riley marked it as own-but-unread
Shelves: 99-cents-or-less
Looks like a tearjerker, but FREE today on Amazon! 12/24/13 :)
May 19, 2016 Cbernard3 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
I cried like a baby the last 100 pages even though I knew before I started the novel.
Varian Rose
May 14, 2013 Varian Rose marked it as did-not-finish
I just couldn't get into the writing style, it didn't work for me.
Omg. I'm still crying.
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Edward C. Patterson has been writing novels, short fiction, poetry and drama his entire life, always seeking the emotional core of any story he tells. With his eighth novel, The Jade Owl, he combines an imaginative touch with his life long devotion to China and its history. He has earned an MA in Chinese History from Brooklyn College with further post graduate work at Columbia University. A native ...more
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