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Starting out in the evening : a novel
Brian Morton
Adult Fiction MORTON

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From Publishers' Weekly:

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 moving story to come. Leonard Schiller is an elderly novelist, one of the few surviving members of the Upper West Side Jewish intellegentsia of the 1940s and '50s. He has written two books that achieved some good critical attention, two more that disappeared virtually without a trace, but he still labors on‘obese, slow and subject to heart murmurs, but trying doggedly to complete a last work before his life gives out. It is a life that has been devoted so singlemindedly to his work, as a sort of cultural duty, that he is unprepared for a dizzy rush of emotion when graduate student Heather Wolfe erupts vividly into his restricted orbit. A worshipful acolyte, she wants to write her thesis on him, perhaps restore him to a place in the literary pantheon. Leonard's daughter Ariel, sweet-naturedly muddling her way through life, a perpetual loser in love, has her own agenda: a baby before it is too late‘but with whom? The three interrelate, eventually with Ariel's old flame Casey, too, in many surprising and often touching ways. Their stories are illuminated always with the gentle grace of Morton's writing‘for as the narrative builds, it turns out to be far from artless. Only a rather too easy feel-good ending, which leaves an important question unresolved, slightly mars what is otherwise an elegiac tale at once strong-minded and profoundly compassionate. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Graduate student Heather Wolfe learned about freedom and risk-taking from Leonard Schiller's novels, so when she finally interviews Schiller for her thesis, she is surprised to find a rigid, woebegone old man whose oeuvre is out of print. But maybe she can help him break out again. The publisher is banking that this new work by the author of The Dylanist (LJ 8/91) will have the same effect on readers as Schiller's works initially had on Heather. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Heather Wolfe
Female
Ambitiouis
English literature student; pushy.
Graduate student

Leonard Schiller
Male
Age: 71
Jewish
Decent; devoted to his family.
Writer

Ariel
Female
Age: 39
Free-spirited.
Aerobics instructor



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