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Publisher Comments:

Adam Weller is a moderately successful novelist, past his prime, but squiring around a much younger woman and still longing for greater fame and glory. His former wife, Eleanor, is unhappily playing the role of the overweight, discarded woman. Their daughter Maud has just begun a frankly sexual affair that unexpectedly becomes life-changing. Into each of these lives the past intrudes in a way that will test them to their core. With perfect pitch and a rare empathy, Brian Morton is equally adept at portraying the life of the mind and how it plays out in the world, brilliantly tracing the border between honor and violation. Here Morton tells his strongest story yet — a story about love, friendship, literary treachery, and what each of us owes to the past.

Review:

"While the story of two broken couples — one by infidelity, one by tragedy — contains a number of maudlin moments, this polished novel's touchy-feely title belies the trenchant humor of its take on contemporary New York, especially its literary scene. Adam Weller — one of the more engaging scoundrels in recent fiction — is an aging, semirenowned novelist whose star is on the wane. Petty, egocentric and devious, he has left his wife, Eleanor, for a beautiful, ambitious younger woman, Thea. Through a series of improbable events, he acquires a late rival's long-lost, unpublished manuscript, a masterpiece which he appropriates and sells as his own, in hopes of reviving his flagging career. Eleanor, an Upper West Side therapist, struggles to recover from their breakup, even as an old college sweetheart tries to reconnect with her. Meanwhile, their daughter, Maud, a philosophy grad student with a history of depression, enters into an unlikely but intense affair with Samir, a man haunted by the death of his young daughter from a previous marriage. The interwoven plots proceed briskly toward what could be a spectacularly melodramatic climax, but despite occasional contrivances, Morton (Starting Out in the Evening) brings the novel to a quietly moving conclusion. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"For some readers, Brian Morton may still be an undiscovered treasure. He won't be for long." Newsday

Review:

"This packed novel about the vagaries of love and grief takes place in a New York straight out of Woody Allen....Inside his broad comedy of manners is a hearfelt novel about the redemptive power of suffering." New Yorker

Review:

"Breakable You...is written and imagined with a sure touch that achieves a somber beauty." Wall Street Journal

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"Morton...recognizes that meaning is expressed mostly through subtleties...[he] is especially skilled with subtle humor." Atlantic Monthly

Review:

"Breakable You embodies a rare lyricism — not the lyricism of the literary, but the lyricism of life itself." The Palm Beach Post

Review:

"[Morton] is a deeply compassionate writer, unafraid to treat the largest themes...in an earnest, generous spirit." Adam Kirsch, The New York Sun

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"Morton is the rare writer equally invested in people and ideas." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Entertain from first page to last because the characters are so full of life and humor." Connecticut Post

Review:

"In this polished, affecting novel, [the characters'] stories intertwine and uplift." People

About the Author

Brian Morton is the author of three previous novels, including Starting Out in the Evening, which won the Koret Jewish Book Award and was chosen by Salon as a favorite book of the year, and A Window Across the River, which was a Today Book Club selection. He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and New York University and lives in New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151011926
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Subject:
Literary
Author:
Morton, Brian
Subject:
Novelists
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20060905
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.38 lb

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

Breakable You
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Product details 368 pages Harcourt - English 9780151011926 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "While the story of two broken couples — one by infidelity, one by tragedy — contains a number of maudlin moments, this polished novel's touchy-feely title belies the trenchant humor of its take on contemporary New York, especially its literary scene. Adam Weller — one of the more engaging scoundrels in recent fiction — is an aging, semirenowned novelist whose star is on the wane. Petty, egocentric and devious, he has left his wife, Eleanor, for a beautiful, ambitious younger woman, Thea. Through a series of improbable events, he acquires a late rival's long-lost, unpublished manuscript, a masterpiece which he appropriates and sells as his own, in hopes of reviving his flagging career. Eleanor, an Upper West Side therapist, struggles to recover from their breakup, even as an old college sweetheart tries to reconnect with her. Meanwhile, their daughter, Maud, a philosophy grad student with a history of depression, enters into an unlikely but intense affair with Samir, a man haunted by the death of his young daughter from a previous marriage. The interwoven plots proceed briskly toward what could be a spectacularly melodramatic climax, but despite occasional contrivances, Morton (Starting Out in the Evening) brings the novel to a quietly moving conclusion. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "For some readers, Brian Morton may still be an undiscovered treasure. He won't be for long."
"Review" by , "This packed novel about the vagaries of love and grief takes place in a New York straight out of Woody Allen....Inside his broad comedy of manners is a hearfelt novel about the redemptive power of suffering."
"Review" by , "Breakable You...is written and imagined with a sure touch that achieves a somber beauty."
"Review" by , "Morton...recognizes that meaning is expressed mostly through subtleties...[he] is especially skilled with subtle humor."
"Review" by , "Breakable You embodies a rare lyricism — not the lyricism of the literary, but the lyricism of life itself."
"Review" by , "[Morton] is a deeply compassionate writer, unafraid to treat the largest themes...in an earnest, generous spirit."
"Review" by , "Morton is the rare writer equally invested in people and ideas."
"Review" by , "Entertain from first page to last because the characters are so full of life and humor."
"Review" by , "In this polished, affecting novel, [the characters'] stories intertwine and uplift."
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