Starting Out in the Evening by Brian Morton

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Leonard Schiller is a novelist in his seventies, a second-string but respectable talent who produced only a small handful of books. Heather Wolfe is an attractive graduate student in her twenties. She read Schiller’s novels when she was growing up and they changed her life. When the ambitious Heather decides to write her master’s thesis about Schiller’s work and sets out to meet him—convinced she can bring Schiller back into the literary world’s spotlight—the unexpected consequences of their meeting alter everything in Schiller’s ordered life. What follows is a quasi-romantic friendship and intellectual engagement that investigates the meaning of art, fame, and personal connection. "Nothing less than a triumph" (The New York Times Book Review), Starting Out in the Evening is Brian Morton’s most widely acclaimed novel to date.

About Brian Morton

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BRIAN MORTON is the author of three previous novels, including Starting Out in the Evening, which won the Koret Jewish Book Award and was chosen by Salon as a favorite book of the year, and A Window Across the River, which was a Today Book Club selection. He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and New York University and lives in New York.
Published October 1, 2007 by Mariner Books. 337 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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 A sharp, sad portrait of the vagaries of the literary life.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Starting Out in the Evening

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Morton, a magazine editor whose only previous novel was The Dylanist, is a deceptively simple writer. The beginning of his new book is so apparently artless it gives no hint of the subtle, tender and

Dec 01 1997 | Read Full Review of Starting Out in the Evening

Matching Carlene Bauer's Frances and Bernard for its quiet power, nuanced intimacy, careful construction, and focus on the literary life, Morton's title may please readers who are interested in novels about writers and the heartfelt repercussions of relationships. Leonard Schiller is an aging novel

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