The Night Listener (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Night Listener Gabriel Noone, whose late night radio stories have brought him into the homes of millions, gets the proofs of a memoir of a sickly thirteen-year-old boy who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of his parents. When Noone phones the boy, it becomes clear that Pete sees in this heartsick, middle-aged storyteller, the loving father he's always wanted.
- Published: 01 October 2001
- Format: Paperback 368 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780552142403 ISBN 10: 0552142409
- Sales rank: 138,861
Full description for The Night Listener
Gabriel Noone is a writer whose late night radio stories have brought him into the homes of millions. Noone is in the midst of a painful separation from his lover of ten years, when a publisher sends him proofs of a remarkable book: the memoir of a sickly thirteen-year-old boy who suffered horrific sexual abuse at the hands of his parents. Now living with his adoptive mother, Donna, Pete Lomax is not only a brave and gifted diarist but a devoted listener of Noone's show. When Noone phones the boy to offer encouragement, it soon becomes clear that Pete sees in this heartsick, middle-aged storyteller the loving father he's always wanted. Thus begins an extraordinary friendship that grows deeper only as the boy's health deteriorates, freeing Noone to unlock his innermost feelings. Then, out of the blue, troubling new questions arise, exploding Noone's comfortable assumptions and causing his ordered existence to spin wildly out of control. As he walks a vertiginous line between truth and illusion, he is finally forced to confront all his relationships - familial, romantic and erotic. As complex and hypnotically engrossing as the best of mysteries, "The Night Listener" is an astonishing tour de force that moves and challenges Maupin's readers as never before.