A Few Hints and Clues


Why even I myself I often think know little or nothing of my real life, only a few hints, a few diffused faint clews and indirections I seek for my own use to trace out here.

Walt Whitman

No man is himself, he is the sum of his past.

William Faulkner

Deciding to remember, and what to remember, is how we decide who we are.

Robert Pinsky

Tracing the loves and lives of two men, their families,

and what it means to be gay in America in the Twentieth Century

Robert Taylor, the award-winning author of All We Have Is Now and Whose Eye Is on Which Sparrow?, brings you a complex, moving novel of love and life.  A Few Hints and Clews traces the pasts of two men – from their parents’ lives through the historic events of the twentieth century – reliving the experience of being gay in America during those years.  The novel travels through the confusion of the 1940s and ’50s to the Stonewall Revolution, the horrors of AIDS, and beyond, ultimately emerging as a warm, loving, and hopeful celebration of the courage it takes to throw off fear and uncertainty and live proudly as an openly gay couple.

“Robert Taylor does the unusual with this kind of story – like every good Southern writer, he DEFTLY WEAVES A RICH TEXTURE OF MANY GENERATIONS of family sun and shadow, joy and pain, along with family religious belief, into what would have been a simple love story and long-time relationship between two men.”

Patricia Nell Warren, author of bestselling novels, The Front Runner, Harlan’s Race, and The Wild Man.

“THIS IS A NOVEL THAT CAN BE READ QUICKLY – ONLY TO BE READ AGAIN AND SAVORED.”

Robert B. Ridinger, Northern Illinois University, editor of Speaking for Our Lives:  Historic Speeches and Rhetoric for Gay and Lesbian Rights (1892 – 2000)

“Robert Taylor SUCCEEDS YET AGAIN in enchanting readers with the power of romance.  With this novel, he has ultimately crafted A MOVING PAEAN TO LOVE.”

Teresa Theophano, author of Queer Quote

Tracing the loves and lives of two men, their families,

and what it means to be gay in America in the Twentieth Century

            Robert Taylor, the award-winning author of All We Have Is Now and Whose Eye Is on Which Sparrow?, brings you a complex, moving novel of love and life.  A Few Hints and Clews traces the pasts of two men – from their parents’ lives through the historic events of the twentieth century – reliving the experience of being gay in America during those years.  The novel travels through the confusion of the 1940s and ’50s to the Stonewall Revolution, the horrors of AIDS, and beyond, ultimately emerging as a warm, loving, and hopeful celebration of the courage it takes to throw off fear and uncertainty and live proudly as an openly gay couple.

“Robert Taylor does the unusual with this kind of story – like every good Southern writer, he DEFTLY WEAVES A RICH TEXTURE OF MANY GENERATIONS of family sun and shadow, joy and pain, along with family religious belief, into what would have been a simple love story and long-time relationship between two men.”

Patricia Nell Warren, author of bestselling novels, The Front Runner, Harlan’s Race, and The Wild Man.

“THIS IS A NOVEL THAT CAN BE READ QUICKLY – ONLY TO BE READ AGAIN AND SAVORED.”

Robert B. Ridinger, Northern Illinois University, editor of Speaking for Our Lives:  Historic Speeches and Rhetoric for Gay and Lesbian Rights (1892 – 2000)

 “Robert Taylor SUCCEEDS YET AGAIN in enchanting readers with the power of romance.  With this novel, he has ultimately crafted A MOVING PAEAN TO LOVE.”

Teresa Theophano, author of Queer Quotes