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Awards

1996 nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"A fine new novel... The great pleasure of reading Louis Begley [is] his exceptional literary intelligence."

The New York Times Book Review

"Begley again demonstrates that he can reveal the complexities of society and personality with a clear eye and graceful style... Morethan meets the requirements of graceful fiction."

Time

Proud, traditional, and impeccably organized, Albert Schmidt is a button-down lawyer of the old school.  But now, after years of carefulmanagement, his life is slowly unraveling.  His beloved wife has recently died.  He stumbles--or is he being pushed?--into earlyretirement.  And his daughter, his only child, is planning to marry a man Schmidt cannot approve of, for reasons he can scarcely admit, even to himself.  As Schmidt gropes for resolutions, he finds unexpected hope in an intense passion that comes out of the blue.

Set in the Hamptons and Manhattan, infused with black humor and startling eroticism, About Schmidt is both a meditation on lonelinessand on the power of romance to unlock the most impenetrable recesses of the heart.

"Comical, tough, unsparing; it is as if Louis Auchincloss had exchanged the kid gloves for brass knuckles... Interesting and nervy."

The Washington Post Book World

"A powerful story of a man's fall from grace... The Remains of the Day come[s] to mind."

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Stunning."

Los Angeles Times Book Review

Review:

"A fine new novel....The great pleasure of reading Louis Begley [is] his exceptional literary intelligence." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Begley again demonstrates that he can reveal the complexities of society and personality with a clear eye and graceful style....More than meets the requirements of graceful fiction." Time

Review:

"Stunning." Los Angeles Times Book Review

Review:

"A powerful story of a man's fall from grace....The Remains of the Day come[s] to mind." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Synopsis:

Proud, traditional, and impeccably organized, Albert Schmidt is a button-down lawyer of the old school. But now, after years of careful management, his life is slowly unraveling. His beloved wife has recently died. He stumbles — or is he being pushed? — into early retirement. And his daughter, his only child, is planning to marry a man Schmidt cannot approve of, for reasons he can scarcely admit, even to himself. As Schmidt gropes for resolutions, he finds unexpected hope in an intense passion that comes out of the blue.

Set in the Hamptons and Manhattan, infused with black humor and startling eroticism, About Schmidt is both a meditation on loneliness and on the power of romance to unlock the most impenetrable recesses of the heart.

About the Author

Louis Begley is the author of four novels. Wartime Lies, which was written when he was in his mid-fifties, was followed by The Man Who Was Late, As Max Saw It, and About Schmidt. He is currently finishing a fifth novel. Begley has another life, that of a lawyer. He is a senior partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, one of America's most prestigious firms, and is the head of its international practice.

Wartime Lies was the winner of the PEN Hemingway Award, The Irish Times Aer Lingus International Prize, and the Prix Medicis Etranger, France's most coveted prize for fiction in translation. It was a National Book Award, Los Angeles Times Book Award, and National Book Critics' Circle Award finalist. About Schmidt was likewise a National Book Critics' Circle Award and Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist. Begley has received the American Academy of Letters prize for literature and numerous other awards.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780449911167
Author:
Begley, Louis
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Middle aged men
Subject:
New york (state)
Subject:
Retirees
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Fathers and daughters - New York (State) -
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Ballantine Reader's Circle
Series Volume:
97-1
Publication Date:
September 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.04x5.18x.65 in. .49 lbs.

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Product details 304 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780449911167 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A fine new novel....The great pleasure of reading Louis Begley [is] his exceptional literary intelligence."
"Review" by , "Begley again demonstrates that he can reveal the complexities of society and personality with a clear eye and graceful style....More than meets the requirements of graceful fiction."
"Review" by , "Stunning."
"Review" by , "A powerful story of a man's fall from grace....The Remains of the Day come[s] to mind."
"Synopsis" by , Proud, traditional, and impeccably organized, Albert Schmidt is a button-down lawyer of the old school. But now, after years of careful management, his life is slowly unraveling. His beloved wife has recently died. He stumbles — or is he being pushed? — into early retirement. And his daughter, his only child, is planning to marry a man Schmidt cannot approve of, for reasons he can scarcely admit, even to himself. As Schmidt gropes for resolutions, he finds unexpected hope in an intense passion that comes out of the blue.

Set in the Hamptons and Manhattan, infused with black humor and startling eroticism, About Schmidt is both a meditation on loneliness and on the power of romance to unlock the most impenetrable recesses of the heart.

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