Dead Men's Watches
Written by Hugh Hood
Publication Date August 18, 1995
In this tenth book in Hugh Hood's The New Age series, two linked novellas explore the transforming powers of love. In the first novella Matthew Goderich discovers that his late Uncle Philip has had a secret and emotionally rewarding romantic life. In the second novella Matthew nurses his childhood friend, Adam, through a long, painful, and terminal AIDS-induced illness.
Matthew, in the first novella, is the detached observer and dogged detective who comes to understand love; in the second, he finally becomes fully engaged with the emotion of loving as he rids himself of his homophobia and learns to appreciate and embrace Adam, his lifelong friend. Matthew's emotional awakening corresponds with society's growing awareness in the early 1980s of the nature and extent of the AIDS crisis.
Dead Men's Watches continues Hugh Hood's vivid portrayal of Canadian social history and teaches us that the gift of love is all that matters in the end.
Hugh Hood wrote 32 books. He taught English literature at the Universite de Montreal and was the author of seventeen novels, several volumes of short fiction, and five of nonfiction. He died in August 2000.