“This novel can stand alone in any literary company and still be dazzling. It is without doubt the finest novel of the year for this reader.”
What triggered two teenagers to savagely assault a man leaving a gay bar? What kind of men are they now in their 30s?
Rudy Dallmann, 40, single, choosing isolation in rural Massachusetts as a
self-employed gardener, is goaded by his best friend Tex, a social activist, to finally “get on the record” this crime never prosecuted. Rudy goes further: He tracks these men down, one at a time, coming to terms with them and
himself in the process.
As an avid reader and professional reviewer I am not often knocked off my feet by something especially in both plot and language, but I can honestly say this is not just one of the most beautiful books I have read this year, it is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read.”
“Savage homophobia dissected…plausible, riveting, big-hearted.”
“A beautiful novel of transformation and triumph. Warning: the first chapter is hard to read.”
“Compelling, universal story. Alther is truly gifted. Bookreview.com considers The Scar Letters a must-read.