Synopses & Reviews
When Austin King plays host to his distant Southern kinfolk, he unwittingly sets in motion events that will threaten his marriage, his law practice, and his standing in the community. For Austin's eagerness to please his idealistic foster cousin, Nora, is all too easily mistaken for other motives--especially since Nora is all too obviously besotted with him. This book is further evidence that Maxwell is one of our national treasures.
About the Author
William Maxwell was born in 1908, in Lincoln, Illinois. When he was fourteen his family moved to Chicago and he continues his education there and at the University of Illinois. After a year of graduate work at Harvard he went back to Urbana and taught freshman composition, and then turned to writing. He has published six novels, three collections of literary essays and reviews, and a book for children. For forty years he was a fiction editor at The New Yorker. From 1969 to 1972 he was president of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, He received the Brandeis Creative Arts Award Medal and, for So Long, See You Tomorrow, the American Book Award and the Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died in 2000.