Retired classics professor Charles Rowan Beye tells a story that is not exactly retiring in his memoir, My Husband and My Wives: A Gay Man's Odyssey (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). As an adolescent in Iowa in the 1940s, he realized he was sexually attracted to men. He would latertwicebe married to women and father four children. He is presently married to his male partner of the last twenty years. "Who knew there was so much action in high school and the heartland in that era? With a deep understanding of the institutions and mores that define us, and with profound self-understanding, Beye shines his light into the complicated, painful, and also beautiful world of a gay man twice married to women." - Jane Hamilton. "This memoir is moving, thoughtful, and wittyan enormous achievement." - Brenda Maddox.