Book review: Arthur and Teddy shows how difficult it can be coming out even today

Debut novel reveals occasional glimpses into the darker reality of being gay, but the book is somewhat overlong

Ryan Love: in Arthur and Teddy are Coming Out, the author captures the levels of homophobia that are still inherent in society

Ryan Love’s debut novel begins with 79-year-old Arthur Edwards inviting his two grown-up children to dinner so he can confess a secret that he has been keeping for most of his adult life. Arthur is gay and has the full support of his wife Madeleine in coming out. While his son Patrick takes the news well, his daughter Elizabeth, a well-known journalist and media personality, is less enamoured.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth’s 21-year-old son Teddy has similar ...