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By Lois C. Henderson
Published on July 3, 2011
 


Author: S. Stanley Gordon  
Publisher: Savant Books
ISBN: 9780982998786


 

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Author: S. Stanley Gordon  

Publisher: Savant Books
ISBN: 9780982998786
 
Having to fight against anti-Semitism and homophobia while growing up and establishing his true identity, S. Stanley Gordon has come to realize the full, untrammeled joy of an openly gay relationship only in his later years, but what a journey it has been! Born to working class Russian-Jewish parents in Philadelphia in the 1920’s as Samuel Grodsky, he underwent a name change in order to adopt a more Americanized identity, with his evolution only starting there. Heterogeneity and flexibility of lifestyle have marked his entire life, as the title of his memoir, or “true love story,” as he prefers to call it, show.
 
My Two Wives and Three Husbands reveals how Gordon tried to counter the prejudices of society by marrying two women in turn, neither of whom he felt that he was able to give a fair deal to, as his interests lay elsewhere. Despite that, his marriages at least allowed him to bring legitimately sired offspring into the world that have proven to be a source of great comfort in his old age. Unlike the more general free-for-all sexual freedom that tended to characterize those growing up in the latter half of the 20th century, Gordon’s sound ethical stance meant that, despite frequenting gay bars in his youth, his major emotional commitment has been to his three husbands, the first of whom committed suicide and the second of whom died of cancer. Despite such tragedies, and at one stage even considering whether or not to commit suicide, Gordon is a true survivor.
 
 Overcoming racial barriers was also a key part of Gordon’s life, as his second husband was an Afro-American with whom he openly set up home at a time when racial discrimination, though legislated out, was very much prevalent in the Deep South, across which they travelled together from New York to a new home on the West Coast. From a nation-wide optometry practice to producing plays intended for Broadway and the West End, Gordon’s choices in life have been varied and fruitful, resulting in him coming to have a depth of character that he willingly shares with his audience.     
 
Concluding his memoir just prior to his eighty-eighth birthday, Gordon has learned some profound lessons along the way, not least of which is his summative statement, which one can say, in some ways, is a fitting tribute to his own life: “Loud activists may command the news, but it is the everyday gay people living openly who bring about real change and acceptance.” Just how (extra)ordinary Gordon’s life has been, only reading will find out, so, if your life has been impacted on in any way by stereotyping and prejudice (and whose life has not?), grab yourself a copy of My Two Wives and Three Husbands and settle down for a heart-stirring read that should have you riveted from cover to cover.            

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