Schmidt Delivered by Louis Begley

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Recently widowed, Albert Schmidt has triumphantly rediscovered domestic bliss in the Hamptons with Carrie, the Puerto Rican waitress who is younger than his daughter. Schmidt is content with keeping his own hours and steering his own course, even as he becomes entertained--and increasingly ensnared-- by the odd billionaire Michael Mansour. Among Schmidt's other heartbreaks and delights is the scandal engulfing his detested son-in-law. Where will it all lead? Is Mansour a true friend or just a big cat playing with a WASP mouse? Can May and December remain on the same calendar as the sun sets? Through it all, one thing is clear: Schmidt has found a new life far beyond the deck chair.

With the elegance and mordant wit readers have come to expect of him, Louis Begley has created a magnificent story of how virtue may be rewarded.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Louis Begley's Memories of a Marriage.

About Louis Begley

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Louis Begley lives in New York City. His previous novels are About Schmidt, As Max Saw It, The Man Who Was Late, Matters of Honor, Mistler's Exit, Schmidt Delivered, Shipwreck, and Wartime Lies.
Published December 1, 2010 by Ballantine Books. 322 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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He has arrived at a place where he feels he has “at last grown up,” possibly capable of a “rebirth.” Yet, given the course his life has taken and the stage at which he has arrived, he compares himself to Lear and Job, facing what is likely his “last chance.” The good news is that Schmidt still ...

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Schmidt has no idea that his cool, remote behavior has alienated Charlotte, that she is aware of the veiled anti-Semitism he himself denies and that her new family, which Schmidt thinks vulgar, offers the warmth and human contact he has never provided.

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As the title indicates, the dire situation that Begley's protagonist, elderly, retired Wall Street lawyer Albert Schmidt, found himself in on the final page of About Schmidt resolved itself more happily than readers would have predicted.

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The Wall Street Journal

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The essential arc of "Schmidt Steps Back" is not so far from that of "About Schmidt" (1996), the Louis Begley novel that inspired a Jack Nicholson movie a few years later.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Schmidt Steps Back is the third in what has become a Schmidt saga.

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San Francisco Chronicle

In the third volume of his story, Albert Schmidt - not Al, please, never Al - has begun to suffer the rewards of a slightly despicable life.

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It is not necessary to have read About Schmidt and Schmidt Delivered to appreciate Schmidt Steps Back as a thoroughly absorbing and self-sufficient study of a character whose best friend, the filmmaker Gil Blackman, tells him: "What a self-defeating asshole you can be."

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