Walter Samson is a successful book editor in post World War Two New York. He has more than enough money, an interesting wife, Phyllis, two smart children and reason to believe he’s leading the good American life. That is, until he meets Barry Rogers by chance. Barry is blue collar, handsome, single, and poor.
Walter is instantly drawn to Barry and, despite the considerable risks, installs him in the Samson’s three-storey house on the Upper East Side, where the two men try to keep their amorous relationship secret.
Against a backdrop of McCarthy-era fear with its doleful consequences and with society’s pervasive homophobia, Walter manages to alter the direction and course of his life, losing much, gaining more.
“Anne Bernays is a wonderful writer, and The Man On The Third Floor is an elegantand compelling meditation on love, work, loyalty, and sexual desire.” --Hilma Wolitzer, author of AnAvailable Man
"I just love this book. It's my favorite of all her books by light years."
--Annie Dillard, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
This is ANNE BERNAYS’ tenth novel. She is the co-author of three non-fiction books and scores of articles, book reviews and essays in national publications. A long-time teacher of writing, she is currently on the faculty of Lesley University’s MFA program in writing and is a writing instructor at Harvard’s Nieman Foundation. Her novel Growing Up Rich won the Edward Lewis Wallent Award and another novel, Professor Romeo, was a New York Times Notable Book.