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Awards

Awarded the 1999 Koret Jewish Book Award for Fiction

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Leonard Schiller is a novelist in his seventies, a second-string but respectable talent who produced only a small handful of books. Heather Wolfe is an attractive graduate student in her twenties. She read Schiller's novels when she was growing up and they changed her life. When the ambitious Heather decides to write her master's thesis about Schiller's work and sets out to meet him — convinced she can bring Schiller back into the literary world's spotlight — the unexpected consequences of their meeting alter everything in Schiller's ordered life. What follows is a quasi-romantic friendship and intellectual engagement that investigates the meaning of art, fame, and personal connection. "Nothing less than a triumph" (The New York Times Book Review), Starting Out in the Evening is Brian Morton's most widely acclaimed novel to date.

Review:

"Morton's respect for his characters and his audience is a quiet literary triumph. Highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"I love this novel! There is a touch of All About Eve in its delicious, complex story about the hunger for recognition, but, while the author is never fooled, he is always forgiving. There is dignity, tenderness, and above all, a warm intelligence that shines through every passage of this wonderful book. It actually does what Morton's protagonist strives for: 'to art, to bring a little more beauty, a little more tolerance, a little more coherence into the world.'" Philip Lopate

Synopsis:

Leonard Schiller, an Upper West Side writer of some repute and a relic of The New York Intellectual scene, is courted in the twilight of his life by Heather, a young, ambitious, graduate student from Brown who wants to writer her master's thesis on Schiller's novels.  Meanwhile, Schiller's daughter, Ariel, an aerobics instructor,who Heather views as "another boring forty-year-old obsessed with her biological clock," is looking for love and a father for a much-longed-for child.  In this finely tuned serious novel, the lives of these disparate people converge. 

Synopsis:

"An extraordinary novel." – Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones

Heather Wolfe is a young, ambitious graduate student. Leonard Schiller is the seventy-year-old, out-of-print author who is the subject of her master's thesis. When the two meet, Schiller quickly falls under the seductive promise of Heather's admiration. As Brian Morton examines the intersections of these two lives, he intertwines their story with a third one – that of Ariel, Schiller's tender and vulnerable daughter. What ensues is a rare and beautiful story that is at once comic, insightful, and moving.

"Conjures a fully formed and vibrant sense of life in all its complexity . . . These three characters seem so organic and real, their emotions and actions so natural, that the reader slips instantly into intimacy with them." –Elle

"Never sinks under the weight of its own probing ideas . . . Morton stays rooted in the humanity of his characters and their diverse quests . . . Stirring." --San Francisco Chronicle

BRIAN MORTON is the author of three other novels, including A Window Across the River, which was a Today Book Club selection, Breakable You, and The Dylanist.  He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and New York University and lives in New York.

 

Reading Group Guide available at www.HarcourtBooks.com.

About the Author

Brian Morton is the author of three additional novels — The Dylanist, A Window Across the River, which was a Today Book Club selection, and Breakable You. He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and New York University and lives in New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156033411
Author:
Morton, Brian
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fame
Subject:
Novelists
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20071001
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.7 lb

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Product details 336 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156033411 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Morton's respect for his characters and his audience is a quiet literary triumph. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "I love this novel! There is a touch of All About Eve in its delicious, complex story about the hunger for recognition, but, while the author is never fooled, he is always forgiving. There is dignity, tenderness, and above all, a warm intelligence that shines through every passage of this wonderful book. It actually does what Morton's protagonist strives for: 'to art, to bring a little more beauty, a little more tolerance, a little more coherence into the world.'"
"Synopsis" by ,
Leonard Schiller, an Upper West Side writer of some repute and a relic of The New York Intellectual scene, is courted in the twilight of his life by Heather, a young, ambitious, graduate student from Brown who wants to writer her master's thesis on Schiller's novels.  Meanwhile, Schiller's daughter, Ariel, an aerobics instructor,who Heather views as "another boring forty-year-old obsessed with her biological clock," is looking for love and a father for a much-longed-for child.  In this finely tuned serious novel, the lives of these disparate people converge. 
"Synopsis" by ,

"An extraordinary novel." – Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones

Heather Wolfe is a young, ambitious graduate student. Leonard Schiller is the seventy-year-old, out-of-print author who is the subject of her master's thesis. When the two meet, Schiller quickly falls under the seductive promise of Heather's admiration. As Brian Morton examines the intersections of these two lives, he intertwines their story with a third one – that of Ariel, Schiller's tender and vulnerable daughter. What ensues is a rare and beautiful story that is at once comic, insightful, and moving.

"Conjures a fully formed and vibrant sense of life in all its complexity . . . These three characters seem so organic and real, their emotions and actions so natural, that the reader slips instantly into intimacy with them." –Elle

"Never sinks under the weight of its own probing ideas . . . Morton stays rooted in the humanity of his characters and their diverse quests . . . Stirring." --San Francisco Chronicle

BRIAN MORTON is the author of three other novels, including A Window Across the River, which was a Today Book Club selection, Breakable You, and The Dylanist.  He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and New York University and lives in New York.

 

Reading Group Guide available at www.HarcourtBooks.com.

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