Love Me by Garrison Keillor

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When Larry Wyler heads east from Minnesota to New York in pursuit of the celebrated life of the writers he admires and the three-martini lunch, he leaves behind Iris, the college sweetheart he married. When he abandons the rural flats of St. Paul for the fabled high-rise housing William Shawn and his famous magazine, Wyler stumbles into meteoric success as a writer and a womanizer. However, he's soon brought low by an even quicker series of failures on both fronts. Iris catches Wyler in flagrante, living the New York high life, and when The New Yorker gives him the boot the jig is up. A chastened man, Wyler returns to Minnesota, where the only writing job he can get is as an advice columnist for the lovelorn. Writing under the pen name "Mr. Blue," Wyler doles out wry, knowing, and practical advice about seduction and mating to the heartbroken and the lonely. And only slowly, painfully, does Wyler figure out for himself how, after losing love, you can eventually get it back.

From one of America's most beloved writers comes a hilarious and heartfelt novel about ambition, success, and failure as well as the virtues of real love and a steady writing job.

About Garrison Keillor

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Garrison Keillor, author of nearly a dozen books, is founder and host of the acclaimed radio show A Prairie Home Companionand the daily program The Writer's Almanac. He is also a regular contributor to Timemagazine.
Published August 18, 2003 by Viking Adult. 272 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Of course, all good whimsy has teeth - it's a protest - and in the novel Keillor's rage and frustration find expression in a mighty broadside against President Bush, with Larry complaining about the Florida voter fraud: "Watching the dreary little shtoonk as he minced past the TV cameras...

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The Guardian

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Love Me by Garrison Keillor Faber and Faber £10.99, pp272 If I have a literary bête noir, it's middle-aged, middle-brow, middle-class men suffering a mundane midlife crisis.

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Publishers Weekly

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In an equally cheeky storyline, Wyler begins writing an advice column for a Minneapolis paper when his work at the New Yorker flags and his second novel tanks, and Keillor uses the conceit to pen a series of running letters from various lovelorn characters who call on "Mr. Blue" to help sort out ...

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Star Tribune

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The New Yorker of yore, a seemingly can't-miss satirical topic that Garrison Keillor somehow misfires upon in his latest satire, once ran a cartoon showing three separate piles of manuscript.

Aug 16 2003 | Read Full Review of Love Me

Book Reporter

Ciao, baby."' It would be churlish of me to give away all the details of this zany plot, but I will mention a Mr. Tony Crossandotti, who plagues Larry to get his uncle's poem published in The New Yorker and threatens to merge the magazine with Field and Stream.

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Entertainment Weekly

Despite a ridiculous scene with The New Yorker's famously stuffy ex-editor William Shawn running away to a Topanga Canyon love nest with Joni Mitchell, this is no geriatric Devil Wears Prada-style tell-all.

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Deseret News

The book focuses on a writer named Larry Wyler, who lives with his wife, Iris, in St. Paul, Minn.

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