An extraordinary literary event, a major new novel by the PEN/Faulkner winner and acclaimed master: a sweeping, seductive, deeply moving story set in the years after World War II.
From his experiences as a young naval officer in battles off Okinawa, Philip Bowman returns to America and finds a position as a book editor. It is a time when publishing is still largely a private affair—a scattered family of small houses here and in Europe—a time of gatherings in fabled apartments and conversations that continue long into the night. In this world of dinners, deals, and literary careers, Bowman finds that he fits in perfectly. But despite his success, what eludes him is love. His first marriage goes bad, another fails to happen, and finally he meets a woman who enthralls him—before setting him on a course he could never have imagined for himself.
Romantic and haunting, All That Is explores a life unfolding in a world on the brink of change. It is a dazzling, sometimes devastating labyrinth of love and ambition, a fiercely intimate account of the great shocks and grand pleasures of being alive.
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He's a little too loftily impassive, finally, and perhaps a little too interested in creating crystalline verbal beauty, to compel the word "great", at least without strong reservations. But he is amazingly good.Read Full Review of All That Is | See more reviews from Guardian
Reading and re-reading all this, I found myself in a state that Salter's work as with the finest writers we know often induces. You breathe deeply and your pulse races. The sentences, the scenes, the life, the life.Read Full Review of All That Is | See more reviews from NPR
As absorbing as the brief chapters on war are, the 87-year-old author’s scenes of seduction are equally realistic and memorable, as are his astute observations of a still-bruised England 15 years after its victory...Read Full Review of All That Is | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books
The reader is certain that the couple will indeed have a great time. It is the only promise left them, along with age and death. In the language of the novel’s title, that is all that is.Read Full Review of All That Is | See more reviews from National Post arts
The theme is dispiriting, certainly, but the experience of reading the novel is not depressing and in fact is pleasurable, mostly because the language is so fresh, a combination of simplicity and compressed meaning.Read Full Review of All That Is | See more reviews from National Post arts
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