The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain
Published by Kensington Books ISBN 9781496737755
Trade paperback, $15.95, 390 pages
The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle captured my heart from the very beginning. Albert is a lonely 65 year-old postal worker in an English town. He works, doesn't interact much with his coworkers or the people on his route, and goes home alone. We root for Albert to find joy and his lost love as he courageously opens up his life to include coworkers and people he meets on his postal route.
I loved how the people in his world were happy for Albert, how they showed him kindness and friendship. How wonderful it would be if we all lived in a world like Albert's!
Matt Cain's characters embody the best of humanity, and my eyes teared up more than once as I read this beautiful story. The interviews Matt shares at the end of the book with gay men he met who lived through a much more unkind world were enlightening and add a great perspective to Albert's story. I highly recommend The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle for those who loved The Guncle and The Story of Arthur Trulove. The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle is destined to be on my Best of 2022 List.