Set in the 1980s against the backdrop of a swiftly gentrifying Manhattan, The Lost Language of Cranes tells the story of twenty-five-year-old Philip Benjamin, who realizes he must come out to his parents after falling in love for the first time with a man. Philip's parents are facing their own problems: pressure from developers and the loss of their longtime home. But the real threat to the family is Philip's father's own struggle with his suppressed homosexuality, realized only in Sunday afternoon visits to gay porn theaters. Philip's revelation to his parents leads his father to a point of crisis and provokes changes that forever alter the landscape of the family's lives.
About the Author
David Leavitt's fiction has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize, the National Book Critics' Circle Award and the LA Times Fiction Prize, and shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Award. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker,the New York Times, Harper's and Vogue, among other publications. He lives in Gainesville, Florida, where he is Professor of English at the University of Florida and edits the literary magazine Subtropics.
“Leavitt catches beautifully the terror and passion of new love.” —Dorothy Allison, The Village Voice
“Brilliant, wise . . . It would be hard to overpraise this book; it represents the most assured debut of a novelist in a long time.” —Andrew Harvey, Vogue
“A multilayered work of sensibility, delicate on the surface yet packing [a] punch . . . A tour de force.” —Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times