WHO: James Salter
WHAT: ALL THAT IS, a novel
WHEN: Published by Knopf April 2, 2013
WHERE: The author lives in New York and Colorado
“Elegant prose punctuated with sharp, erotic punches.
“James Salter’s first full-length novel in more than three decades spans some forty years and follows the accidental life, career, and loves of book editor Philip Bowman.
“After serving in the Pacific during WWII, Bowman stumbles into publishing at a time when small houses reigned. During extravagant literary parties and travels through Europe, Bowman shares his thoughts on authors both real and imagined. And yet his career is merely a vehicle for his loves and losses, connections made and missed. The women in his life somehow never suit and his many endings are always inexplicable to him.
“Salter renders the first blushes of Bowman’s loves exquisitely—their giddiness, occasional illicitness, eroticism—and his bewilderment after the relationships fail feels achingly real. By way of counterpoint, the author illustrates the happy but tragic marriage of a close friend, which parallels rather than intersects, since Bowman fails to connect with anyone…
“Salter measures his words carefully, occasionally punctuating his elegant prose with sharp, erotic punches.”
Publicist for this title:
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