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William Lyon's past forced him to become someone he isn't. Conflicted and unable to maintain the charade, he separates from his wife and takes a job as caretaker at a former mental hospital. Jelley's Valley State Insane Asylum was the largest mental hospital in California for well over a century, but it now stands empty. William thinks the decrepit institution is the perfect place to finish his dissertation and wait for his divorce to become final. In town, William meets Colby Anderson, who minds the local store and post office. Unlike William, Colby is cute, upbeat, and flamboyantly out. Although initially put off by Colby's mannerisms, William comes to value their new friendship, and even accepts Colby's offer to ease him into the world of gay sex.
William's self-image begins to change when he discovers a tin box, hidden in an asylum wall since the 1940s. It contains letters secretly written by Bill, a patient who was sent to the asylum for being homosexual. The letters hit close to home, and William comes to care about Bill and his fate. With Colby's help, he hopes the words written 70 years ago will give him courage to be his true self.
©2013 Kim Fielding (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
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By Heather on 06-22-15


A poignantly told story blending the past atrocities perpetrated to "cure" homosexuality with a modern romance. Such a tale could have been gruesome but Kim created a wonderful, awful way of highlighting our less than savory past, while telling a sweet love story.

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By Rick on 07-11-15

Much more than a romance. A must read.

There are many layers to this story. The almost delicate way that it is told makes it that much more powerful. Sometimes a simply told and not overly embellished story can really make you think.

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By BevS on 02-29-16

Absolutely amazing, both story and narration.....

Where does The Tin Box rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would have to say that both this and Brute (yet to start Rattlesnake) are in my top 5 audio books. The Tin Box probably ranks no. 1. Full of emotion, and when William reads Billy's letters to his lover, I bawled...and you could hear the narrator's quavering voice too. Kc was definitely affected by the sadness of the letters content.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Colby.

Have you listened to any of K.C. Kelly’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Oh yes, I've listened to several of Kc's narrations...especially The Knight of Laguna Avenue by Tara Lain, which is another brilliant characterisation.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was, but it was impossible. I needed a break from the overwhelming emotions this story conveys.

Any additional comments?

A beautiful, beautiful story. You'd be mad to miss it....and be prepared to have tissues handy, you'll need them unless you've got a heart made of stone.

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By Lily G Blunt on 02-16-16

Wow! Such a beautiful, moving story.

Wow! Such a beautiful, moving story. Perfectly narrated by K.C. Kelly.
My heart goes out to Bill and Johnny and all those who have suffered in such an appalling way.
I'm so glad Will and Corey found each other.

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By Mel JT on 07-14-15

Sweet but a bit boring

It's a sweet story and has a couple of enjoyable parts but overall it would have liked it better with either a bit more angst or at least some more hot sex. There was nothing in the story that would make me read it again and again like I do with my favorite gay romances.

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