A Gentleman's Guide to Graceful Living by Michael Dahlie
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“A tour filled with moments of grace and angst, and an overwhelming sense that compassion matters.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune


Arthur Camden’s greatest talents are for packing and unpacking suitcases, making coleslaw, and second-guessing every decision in his life. When his business fails and his wife leaves him—to pursue more aggressive men—Arthur finds that he has none of the talents and finesse that everyone else seems to possess for navigating New York society.
 

About Michael Dahlie

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Michael Dahlie won the 2009 PEN/Hemingway Award for his novel A Gentleman’s Guide to Graceful Living, and he received a Whiting Award in 2010. He is currently the Booth Tarkington Writer-in-Residence at Butler University in Indianapolis.
 
Published June 29, 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company. 283 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When we first see Arthur Camden he’s crying his eyes out.

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(One of the things Arthur does best and most proudly is to pack his luggage.) In a vignette that Mr. Dahlie coaxes forth amusingly, Arthur finds himself embarrassing his friend’s mistress (who is engaged with the gardener in “the least ambiguous example of human interaction that Arthur had ever ...

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("After the concert?Arthur suggested they get dinner, and before long they were seated at a corner table at a restaurant called Epi Dupin, leaning into each other and, although Arthur felt he was not qualified to identify it as such, flirting.") Dahlie?s writing is limpid and deadpan, maintaini...

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Charleston City Paper

For all its mannerly reserve, its upper-crusty starch, A Gentleman's Guide to Graceful Living is a thing so wispily fabricated — more eiderdown fluff than sailcloth — that any critical gust aimed at it is likely to scatter the whole works all over the floor.

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