Lost Language of Cranes, The
The Lost Language of Cranes by David Leavitt
first published in 1986, Hardcover
David Leavitt's extraordinary first novel is a seminal work about family, sexual identity, home, and loss.
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, 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 crisis: pressure from developers and the loss of their longtime home. But the real threat to this family is Philip's father's own struggle with his latent homosexuality, realized only in his Sunday afternoon visits to gay porn theatres Philip's admission to his parents and his father's hidden life provoke changes that forever alter the landscape of their worlds.